Sydney found a rather creative way to reduce their emissions and waste. The city’s road contractor teamed up with a cartridge recycling company to use printer toner waste to create asphalt. The toner partially replaces the bitumen and fine aggregates used in traditional asphalt production. By using the toner in combination with recycled oil, the production process is 40% more energy efficient. The asphalt is around the same price as the old version. The first streets of Sydney have been paved and now it’s looking forward to the results. Over a few years it will become clear whether this new pavement performs as good (or better) than traditional pavement.
[…] they’re thinking about using printer toner residues into more sustainable asphalt (see this earlier post), in the Netherlands they want to take it even further. Much further. On the 15th of July, the city […]