Roads to Reuse

Promoting the use of recycled construction and demolition (C&D) products

The Roads to Reuse program (RtR) encourages State Government organisations, local governments, regional councils and the private sector to use recycled C&D products in civil applications, such as road construction. It does this by supporting the supply of recycled C&D products to market that meet a product specification designed to protect human health and the environment.

It closes the loop on C&D recycling, reduces waste to landfill, and supports the Western Australian economy by recovering valuable materials and creating local jobs.

The Product

✓ Save time, labour and water during construction

✓ Cost effective; exceptional performance

✓ Reduce environmental impact

✓ Strict environmental specification

✓ Local markets for recycled products

✓Support local jobs and investment

 

Roads to Reuse product is recycled road base (sealed with asphalt) and recycled drainage rock produced by accredited recyclers.

Product Authorised Use
Recycled road base As sub base or base course in road and pavement construction and other hardstand areas such as footpaths and car parks for urban residential, public open space and commercial and industrial land uses only.
Recycled drainage rock

As pipe bedding in underground projects for urban residential, public open space and commercial and industrial land uses only.

As drainage rock in civil drainage infrastructure.

 

Quality and Safety

Roads to Reuse product adheres to strict product specifications to protect health and the environment. Find more about the RtR product specification.

Regular independent auditing provides quality assurance around recyclers’ processes and products. Recent audit data is presented below.

Waste Authority's Roads to Reuse Program:
Compliance Summary - September 2022

Reporting period end date:     30 September 2022
Number of sites approved for production and sale of Roads to Reuse material: 3  
Number of sites in the preliminary accreditation phase:     2  

Results for Current Financial Year (FY22/23)

    Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Number of Accredited Sites 3 - - -
Tonnes of RtR Material Produced 23,471 - - -
Audits completed 0 - - -
Verification Sampling Undertaken by Supplier
Number of Samples for Laboratory Analysis (Asbestos) 33 - - -
Asbestos Exceedances for Any Sample No - - -
Number of Samples for Laboratory Analysis (Metals/pH) 33 - - -
Chemical Parameter Exceedances for Any Sample No - - -
Audit Sampling Undertaken by Third Party Consultant
Number of Samples for Laboratory Analysis (Asbestos) - - - -
Asbestos Exceedances for Any Sample - - - -
Number of Samples for Laboratory Analysis (Metals/pH) - - - -
Chemical Parameter Exceedances for Any Sample - - - -

Results for Previous Financial Years

  FY19/20 FY20/21 FY21/22
Number of Accredited Sites 2 3 3
Tonnes of RtR Material Produced 16,400 55,902 57,517
Audits completed 4 4 6
Verification Sampling Undertaken by Supplier
Number of Samples for Laboratory Analysis (Asbestos) 656 807 177
Asbestos Exceedances for Any Sample No No No
Number of Samples for Laboratory Analysis (Metals/pH) 257 228 189
Chemical Parameter Exceedances for Any Sample No No No
Audit Sampling Undertaken by Third Party Consultant
Number of Samples for Laboratory Analysis (Asbestos) 19 10 19
Asbestos Exceedances for Any Sample No No No
Number of Samples for Laboratory Analysis (Metals/pH) 16 10 15
Chemical Parameter Exceedances for Any Sample No No No


RtR Local Government Incentives Program

 

 

Local Governments are supported to use Roads to Reuse products through the Local Government Incentives Program.  The funding program provides financial incentives to encourage use of Roads to Reuse products in local government construction projects.

 

Main Roads uses Roads to Reuse products

To date Main Roads has used over 100,000 tonnes of Roads to Reuse products in projects such Kwinana Freeway widening, Leach Highway and Welshpool Road Interchange, and Tonkin Gap, and is committed to significantly increasing the use of recycled materials. Main Roads only permits Roads to Reuse sourced Crushed Recycled Concrete (CRC) in road pavement construction.

A Roads to Reuse pilot project between Main Roads, the Waste Authority and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, with assistance from the Waste and Recycling Industry Association of WA, was completed in 2020.

It found the products can be very cost effective and deliver exceptional performance, including delivering time, labour and water savings during construction on top of the significant environmental benefits. You can read more in the Roads to Reuse Pilot Project Report (November 2020).

Roads to Reuse products for your construction project

Roads to Reuse products can be used in State Government, Local Government or commercial construction projects. The more recycled C&D product is used, the closer we get to a healthier, sustainable Western Australia, enjoying the benefits of a circular economy.

Find an accredited C&D recycler supplying Roads to Reuse products:

Urban Resources
Hope Valley and Neerabup    
www.urbanresources.com.au

WA Recycling
Hazelmere
www.warecycling.com.au

Waste Stream Management
Medina
www.wastestream.com.au

 

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Want to become an accredited Roads to Reuse recycler?

The Roads to Reuse Recycler Support Scheme supports C&D recyclers with the costs of Roads to Reuse accreditation, including the costs of sampling and testing material. Find out how you can apply.

Relevant documents

Created Date:
Mon 9 September 2019

Last Edit Date:
Fri 4 November 2022