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City of Darwin installs Replas recycled plastic bollards at four sports ovals
The City of Darwin has commenced installation of 1500 recycled plastic bollards at four community sporting ovals across the city, replacing aged pine log barriers. The 1500 bollards equate to three million seven hundred and fifty thousand plastic shopping bags.
Australian made by local company, Replas, the recycled plastic bollards are manufactured from single use plastics and plastic packaging and have a life span nearly double that of aged pine log barriers.
Community ovals where recycled plastic bollards are being installed are located at Wanguri, Wulagi and Anula. Tiwi oval is complete and all works are expected to be completed by June 30th.
Darwin Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis advised "the introduction of these bollards, made of 98% recycled plastic, help the environment, address plastic waste and are fit for purpose.
“They have the added advantage of being rot and termite resistant, and will last for up to 40 years.”
The Northern Territory has purchased more than 39,000 bollards over the past 7 years, diverting 390T of plastic from landfill, according to Replas.
Mark Jacobsen, Marketing Director at Replas advised “the City of Darwin is one of the largest Council users of our bollards in Australia.
“We see waste as a valuable resource and with plastic use on the rise, we need to create a sustainable community that reduces, re-uses and recycles plastics as part of making our world more sustainable.“
The Council banned single-use plastics at all Council owned property on 1st January 2019, as part of a focus on educating the community to change behaviour. A recent waste audit at Parap Market, one of the sites where the ban is in place, showed some improvements in behaviour including food vendors offering biodegradable options and market patrons refusing bags, requesting biodegradable options and bringing their own cups.
Lord Mayor Vatskalis added “while there has been some improvement since the ban on single-use plastics, there is still room for improvement.
“We are encouraging behavioural change in our community for the long term good of our environment.”
City of Darwin’s commitment to climate change goes well beyond banning single use plastics from Council property and includes a holistic response to excess plastic packaging, as demonstrated by the installation of recycled plastic bollards and the recycled plastic mangrove boardwalk at East Point.
To contact Replas click here for their details in the Australasian Leisure Management Supplier Directory.
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22nd March 2019 - Rottnest Island supports initiative to reduce plastic waste
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18th June 2018 - Visit Sunshine Coast supports plastic bag ban
28th May 2018 - Zoos and aquariums look to reduce plastic waste
1st September 2017 - Dog lovers celebrate Darwin’s first dedicated canine parks
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