Plastic wrap is one of the most difficult waste streams to recycle, as it has much less residual value than heavier concrete and steel, and is harder to separate once mixed with other waste types. However, plastic waste has a large and long-lasting impact on the environment. The recently completed Bankwest Stadium identified an opportunity to recycle plastic covers used as part of the stadium’s redevelopment.
To protect the 30,000 chairs at the stadium, each chair was protected with a plastic cover. The Project team identified an opportunity to recycle these plastic covers once the stadiums redevelopment was completed. The bags were compressed onsite, diverting 700kg of waste away from landfill. The waste products were then destine for reuse as part of a recycled asphalt carpark on another project, closing the waste loop.
Early intervention as part of the Projects plan to manage waste on-site was key to Project teams success in diverting waste away from landfills. The efforts made at the Bankwest Stadium form part of Lendleases wider effort to divert waste away from landfills, and support our Sustainability Framework focus area; Resources and Materials.
Other examples of Lendlease efforts to reduce waste to landfills include the Zero Waste Construction Pilot on the Joint Base Lewis McChord project in our Americas region and our recent Recycled Glass in Concrete trial at the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade Project in New South Wales.