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Paving our way to a Sustainable Future

AUD$285.00 (incl. GST)
AUD$285.00 (incl. GST)

Sources of new or ‘virgin’ construction materials are depleting and waste stockpiles are increasing. With growing opportunities to recycle waste materials into road infrastructure, how far have we come in developing these materials and what are the environmental considerations?

For over 30 years ARRB has led Australia’s research and development in the use of recycled and alternative materials in road pavements. We have worked with state and local government and the private sector to run trials and enable the widespread use of recycled materials including crumb rubber, plastics, glass, reclaimed asphalt pavement and crushed construction and demolition waste.

This course introduces the context, concepts and principles underlying this and provides a broad range of in-depth knowledge for practitioners, researchers and industry partners in the framework of a local circular economy.

The topics

Topic 1: Recycled materials in road infrastructure – the state of play

The first topic looks at the current use of recycled materials, including their types and how they are deployed. It then moves on to emerging materials and future considerations, such as the development of technical and performance-based specifications and a whole-of-life approach.

Topic 2: How the ban on exporting waste will lead to more sustainable transport infrastructure for Australia

The second topic is a deeper dive into what has changed since the start of Australia’s recycling crisis, what triggered it and how the market reacted to it. It then considers future market developments, including the advancement of best practice, concluding with case studies that fill out these ideas.

Topic 3: Win-win-win: Recycled pavement materials that deliver sustainable, economic and circular economy goals

The third topic introduces the three wins that the circular economy can bring – waste reduction, cost reduction and greenhouse-gas reduction. The presenters then introduce some of ARRB’s research findings to illustrate how these concepts manifest themselves in road infrastructure.

Topic 4: Preparing and conducting environmental assessments, management plans and audits across road infrastructure projects.

The fourth topic looks at environmental management plans, risk assessments and audits in road infrastructure. After introducing ARRB’s Best Practice Guides to Road Materials, Unsealed Roads, Sealed Roads and Bridge Management, two cases studies then illustrate their real-life application.



Sources of new or ‘virgin’ construction materials are depleting and waste stockpiles are increasing. With growing opportunities to recycle waste materials into road infrastructure, how far have we come in developing these materials and what are the environmental considerations?

For over 30 years ARRB has led Australia’s research and development in the use of recycled and alternative materials in road pavements. We have worked with state and local government and the private sector to run trials and enable the widespread use of recycled materials including crumb rubber, plastics, glass, reclaimed asphalt pavement and crushed construction and demolition waste.

This course introduces the context, concepts and principles underlying this and provides a broad range of in-depth knowledge for practitioners, researchers and industry partners in the framework of a local circular economy.

The topics

Topic 1: Recycled materials in road infrastructure – the state of play

The first topic looks at the current use of recycled materials, including their types and how they are deployed. It then moves on to emerging materials and future considerations, such as the development of technical and performance-based specifications and a whole-of-life approach.

Topic 2: How the ban on exporting waste will lead to more sustainable transport infrastructure for Australia

The second topic is a deeper dive into what has changed since the start of Australia’s recycling crisis, what triggered it and how the market reacted to it. It then considers future market developments, including the advancement of best practice, concluding with case studies that fill out these ideas.

Topic 3: Win-win-win: Recycled pavement materials that deliver sustainable, economic and circular economy goals

The third topic introduces the three wins that the circular economy can bring – waste reduction, cost reduction and greenhouse-gas reduction. The presenters then introduce some of ARRB’s research findings to illustrate how these concepts manifest themselves in road infrastructure.

Topic 4: Preparing and conducting environmental assessments, management plans and audits across road infrastructure projects.

The fourth topic looks at environmental management plans, risk assessments and audits in road infrastructure. After introducing ARRB’s Best Practice Guides to Road Materials, Unsealed Roads, Sealed Roads and Bridge Management, two cases studies then illustrate their real-life application.