Wyndham City named Finalist in Premier’s Sustainability Awards

By Our Reporter

A Victorian-first Wyndham City project using recycled plastic and glass to construct a footpath is up for an award.

Wyndham City is one of three finalists vying up for the Built Environment Award in the 2020 Premier’s Sustainability Awards, which recognise and celebrate the people and organisations who are leading the way to a sustainable future.

In a Victorian first, Council collaborated with Swinburne University to produce 339 metres of footpath at Geddes Crescent Park in Hoppers Crossing using 2.2 tonnes of recycled kerbside waste plastics and 4.8 tonnes of glass fines, equivalent to 199,000 plastic and glass bottles.

Wyndham City Mayor Adele Hegedich said the approach resulted in approximately 1,700 kilograms of carbon savings compared to using traditional materials for a concrete footpath of the same length.

“Through this innovative project, Wyndham City has cemented its position as a leader in environmentally sustainable solutions,” Cr Hegedich said.

“This project is another example of Council’s commitment to using environmentally sustainable materials to build and maintain our assets and reduce wastage.”

“In the past year, our Asset Rehabilitation Team has also repaired and resurfaced a number of Wyndham roads using materials that would have otherwise ended up in landfill.”
Wyndham City Climate Futures and Environment portfolio holder, Cr Robert Szatkowski, added: “We’re not just planning for sustainability, we’re acting on our green ambitions. Wyndham has a history of being an ecological leader. Being named a finalist in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards proves this tradition continues.”

Winners will be announced at an online awards ceremony later this month.

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