A NEW asphalt product made from a mix of recycled materials will be used to pave the waste drop-off and weighbridge areas at the Eaglehawk Landfill.
The sustainable asphalt is a first for Victoria with the City of Greater Bendigo using the new Boral product in an effort to provide a much better experience for customers when they visit the landfill to drop off their waste.
About 586,000 recycled plastic bottles, 303,000 recycled glass bottles and 66.5 tonnes of recycled asphalt make up the asphalt mix.
City of Greater Bendigo presentation and assets director Debbie Wood said using the environmentally-friendly asphalt showed council is committed to sustainability and hopes to lead by example.
"This is a really exciting project for the city," she said. "When the opportunity arose to use this type of asphalt we thought it was a great way to highlight the importance of the circular economy.
"While the landfill itself only has a limited life span the facility will continue to operate as a transfer station into the future and this project is about preparing for that transition."
Ms Wood said she hopes the project will inspire a greater acceptance of using recycled products in this way.
"We expect it will create a lot of interest from other local governments, business and organisations throughout Australia," she said.
"The asphalt product we will be using has only been used in two other projects in Perth and Newcastle."
Works will commence on Monday and are expected to take 12 weeks. Access will limited at some times and customers should expect some delays.
Customers are also encouraged to use the Strathfieldsaye Transfer Station but should aware of a different pay structure will apply.