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CRDC opens Melbourne recycling facility

Australia’s first soft plastics and e-waste recycling facility has opened in Melbourne’s west, converting waste into new building materials

The Centre for Regenerative Design & Collaboration Global (CRDC Global) has opened its new $2.5 million recycling plant in Tottenham, Melbourne – turning hard-to-recycle plastics into low-carbon building materials.

CRDC Global’s facility will process soft and hard plastics found in e-waste into a product that can be used in concrete, masonry bricks, blocks, pavers and asphalt.

As part of CRDC’s Resin8 process, discarded plastic is shredded and batched according to its bulk density, then pre-conditioned into a waterless stage that eliminates odours.

CRDC says this mixture is then melted during a heated extrusion stage, which produces a new substance that is granulated into concrete mix designs.

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“Thanks to the strong support from Australia New Zealand Recycling Platform and the Victorian government, we’re transforming local plastic waste into valuable, eco-friendly building materials right here in our community,” CRDC Australia managing director Shane Ramsey says.

Resin8 has unique thermal insulation properties that boosts the longevity and energy efficiency of buildings it’s used in.

At full capacity the facility will process around 6,650 tonnes of hard and soft plastics each year – the equivalent of around 330 garbage trucks – and produce 8,300 tonnes of Resin8.

The Melbourne location marks the fourth city in the world to install a Resin8 facility, CRDC says.

Resin8 is currently being trialled by the Hobsons Bay Council, where 1,350kg of soft plastics will be turned into asphalt for a local road project.

The Victorian government says it is looking at more opportunities to use the recycled plastic in upcoming infrastructure projects.

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