“It’s been a great product. Easy to work with, lightweight, and small aggregate that suits the kerbing channel really well,” said Craig Dunlop, Construction Manager for Mainbrace Constructions, where the first commercial installation of Polyrok was completed at the local Coles. “The key factor was we have a good relationship with Mainbrace and they had some good evidence to back up Polyrok so if they’re 100%, then I have full faith in it,” said Pat Willmore of Willmore Contractors. The Coles refresh includes a new carp park, with the kerbs and footpath made from the sustainable aggregate alternative, Polyrok from Replas. State of the art technology allows Replas to use 100% post-consumer soft plastics that are recovered from the REDcycle program in Coles and Woolworths with leading packaging brands.

“From my perspective, I’ve found it really easy that only 4 weeks ago we sat down, had a chat about the proposal and putting it all together. It’s such a fantastic initiative that we all came on board with,” said Craig. “I see [Polyrok] working endlessly. We’re closely collaborative with Coles so I see this working through all our refurbs and new builds. There are so many uses for Polyrok that I think we can adapt.”

Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans welcomed the collaboration to find innovative and practical ways to reuse soft plastics. “There is huge potential and opportunity for infrastructure projects to help us build a more circular economy,” Assistant Minister Evans said. “This is why the Federal Government has prioritised the development of new national standards and guidelines to encourage the use of recycled content in roads and other projects.”

Read Coles’ full press release here.