Recycled plastics trialled on Hume Freeway

The Victorian Government is paving the way for road maintenance innovation in the north east, trialling locally-processed recycled asphalt on a section of the Hume Freeway at Balmattum, near Euroa.

More than 2,100 tons of recycled road base product will be used in works to rebuild the south-bound lane on an 850-metre stretch of freeway.

The products used for the trial will be processed at the Wodonga Asphalt plant and equate to approximately 1 million recycled glass bottles, 746,000 plastic bags, 420 ton of reclaimed asphalt and 21,800 printer cartridges combined.

Performance testing of the recycled road surface has shown a significant improvement in the longevity of asphalt, increasing its resistance to cracking and enabling it to withstand heavy traffic for longer than traditional road surfaces.

An average of 6,500 vehicles travel on this section of the freeway each day, of which about 40 per cent are trucks.                

The $845,000 project is part of the government’s $85 million maintenance blitz across north east Victoria.

Works started on site yesterday and are expected to be completed within a week, weather depending. 

During the 2020/21 road maintenance season, around 250 kilometres of road will be targeted as part of the government’s two-year, $425 million investment into rebuilding and resurfacing regional roads.