Council pumped after winning award for recycled glass

Friday, 23 June 2017

Lismore City Council and its contractors Diona and Calibre Consulting have won a state award for the new Caniaba Street Sewage Pump Station and the use of recycled glass in its construction.

The Civil Contractors Federation NSW Earth Award was presented at a gala awards ceremony in Sydney over the weekend, recognising excellence in civil construction.

Council’s Engineering Operations Manager Matt Torr said Council’s innovative use of recycled crushed glass as backfill material was a major factor in winning the award.

“Using the recycled glass is sustainable and a beneficial reuse alternative to traditional backfill materials,” he said.

“Originally our recycled glass was only to be used in roadbase but we are finding there are many other applications within Council’s operations where we can utilise the material. This is a fantastic way to recycle waste being generated in our own backyard and we are thrilled to share this award with our contractors.”

Since the introduction of the Glass Processing Plant in May 2014, all old glass, crockery and pyrex collected from yellow recycling bins in the Lismore Local Government Area has been crushed into sand and stockpiled, ready for use in roadbase.

Conventional glass recycling is costly and requires significant technology to separate different coloured glass for re-processing, with a high loss rate due to breakage.

As well as ensuring more glass can be recycled and reducing transport miles, transforming glass back into sand reduces the need to mine as much virgin material, limiting truck movements on the road and saving on electricity and fuel costs.

“Using recycled glass wherever possible is a win-win for everyone,” Matt said.

“It’s an innovation our Council and our community can be very proud of.”

Image: The new Caniaba Street Sewage Pump Station has won a civil construction award, in part thanks to the use of recycled glass.

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