Glass sand trial takes out coveted award

Date posted: 30 October 2018

An innovative trial using recycled glass “sand” in civil works projects has landed Lake Macquarie City Council a coveted local government award.

Council took out the 2018 Sustainable Procurement Achievement category last week at the annual Local Government Procurement Awards.

The awards recognise individuals or groups within the local government sector making a difference in their community and embracing excellence and best practice.

In June, Lake Mac became the first organisation in the Hunter Region to substitute sand with recycled crushed glass in drainage construction and other civil works. Since then, councils and water authorities across the region have shown interest in the concept.

The glass granules have similar construction properties to normal sand, but provide a potential local end use for thousands of tonnes of glass collected from kerbside recycling each year.

“The glass sand trial has gone from strength to strength and we look forward to expanding its use within the region in 2019. It’s a great example of local authorities working together to create solutions that are good for the environment, the local economy and our community,” Manager Sustainability, Alice Howe, said.

“This initiative has the potential to close the loop on thousands of tonnes of glass annually, providing a major win in our war on waste.”

Council took out the award for the environmental, social and financial benefits the trial has generated.

The glass sand concept involves crushing and processing recycled glass at a facility on the Central Coast.

The end product can then be stockpiled for use in civil works projects.

Article by Lake Macquarie City Council

Page last updated: 30 October 2018