Tonerplas™ is Close the Loop’s latest development of our asphalt additives and is ground-breaking in that we have created a product that enhances the characteristics of asphalt, so producing higher quality road surfaces, that last 65% longer than traditional asphalt while contributing a major solution to a problematic waste issue of soft plastics.
In Australia alone, more than 300,000 tonnes of soft plastic are dumped into landfills every year. Not only is this bad for the environment it is a monumental waste of a valuable resource that can be re-used and re-purposed into new products. Our contribution to solving the soft plastics problem is Tonerplas™. This is a formulated product using waste toner collected from printer cartridges via programs like Cartridges 4 Planet Ark, and soft plastics collected from the community by our partners Red Group via the RedCycle program, and Plastic Police in NSW.
The formulated product is then melted into the asphalt mix with our partner Downer Group who adds recycled glass and recycled asphalt pavement to create lower carbon, higher quality roads. Below are the important facts that make this a superior product:
Every 1 km of road paved with plastic and glass modified asphalt will use approximately:
- 530,000 plastic shopping bag equivalents
- 168,000 glass bottle equivalents
- Waste toner from 12,500 printer cartridges
- 20% reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP)
Compared to standard VicRoads specified asphalt, plastic and glass modified asphalt has:
- 65% improvement in fatigue life for longer lasting pavement
- Superior deformation resistance for withstanding heavy vehicular traffic
- Greater than 25% total recycled material content
Now that is something to celebrate!!
TonerPave™ is a new asphalt, with high recycled content and reduced carbon footprint. TonerPave™ was developed by Close the Loop in partnership with one of Australia’s largest infrastructure companies, Downer Group, and is the result of a shared culture of innovation and a genuine desire to reduce the companies’ carbon footprint. Too often recycled products are viewed as being inferior, but TonerPave™ produces a superior asphalt that resists rutting and cracking at both higher and lower temperatures, and requires less maintenance, as well as having a 23% lower carbon footprint, all at the same price as standard asphalt.
Downer is one of Australia’s largest, most progressive infrastructure companies, a top tier producer of asphalt and builder of roads. TonerPave™ is part of a new range of asphalt products supplied by Downer under its ‘Low Carbon Asphalt’ banner.
The key ingredient of TonerPave™ is MTP (Modified Toner Polymer), which has been developed over many years by Close the Loop and is a prime example of industrial ecology in action.
CtL and Downer have formed an exclusive partnership to bring TonerPave™ to market. More than 1,000km of TonerPave™ asphalt has been laid in Australian municipal council jurisdictions in most States of Australia and is now a mainstream product with a significant following. Close the Loop continues to innovate in re-use and re-purposing of recovered post-consumer material into new products and is currently releasing a new product called TonerSeal for use in sprayseal road manufacture, again in partnership with Downer.
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