“I will forever admire that piece of kerbing as I wander past with my shopping trolley, knowing we were part of creating a little bit of local history,” said Pauline Schmidt, Director of Horsham Concrete in Horsham, Victoria, where the first commercial installation of Polyrok was completed at the local Coles. The Coles refresh includes a new car 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. “We already have a close working relationship with the concrete contractors, Willmore Contractors.  When Pat approached us to float the idea of using Polyrok as a percentage of the concrete mix, we were both enthusiastic and cautious.  As you can imagine, Horsham is a reasonably small town, and we know we can guarantee our product.  Changing that mix was a risk to our long standing reputation in this region.  However, after reading the test results, and talking with the team working on this project, we decided it would be exciting to be a part of,” explained Pauline. “The whole process from discussion, planning, delivery of the Polyrok to our site, and todays activities, which commenced with batching at 7.00am this morning, has been nothing but easy and smooth.  The end product turned out fabulously and both Willmore Contractors and ourselves were extremely happy with the outcome,” she said.

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.