An ingenious project is literally paving the way across Melbourne, with plastic shopping bags successfully recycled as road surfacing.
Sustainability company Close the Loop has developed a special additive made up of 530,000 plastic bags, 12,000 recycled printer cartridges and 168,000 glass bottles, which has been used on a 300-metre stretch of road in Craigieburn, the ABC reports.
"The great thing about it is not only is it competitive, but it is a more flexible road surface,” Close the Loop chairman Craig Devlin said.
“It's more durable, it's longer lasting and it's a great use of product that would otherwise go to landfill.”
Developed with the help of a $40,000 state government funding grant - drawn from a larger $2.5m recycling fund - the additive reportedly costs the same as traditional road material, and can deal with high temperatures.
Hume City Council have called the scheme a “great initiative”, and plan to promote the results if everything “works out”.