Glass is an inert, endlessly recyclable material, yet it is all too often sent to landfills throughout Australia never to be reused or recycled. Typically, because of a lack of viable local end-users. Recovered glass sand is one potential product that can be derived from recycled glass containers. Recently, Icon Water has approved recovered glass sand for use as pipe embedment on its sewer network. Similar products can also be widely used for other infrastructure and civil engineering applications. This presentation will discuss the journey from concept to reality, looking at product development, product specification, key requirements, and product uptake while highlighting the key lessons learnt along the way and detailing the future for the product.
Joel Edwards | Sustainability and Resource Recovery Coordinator, Legal and Governance
Joel has been at Icon Water since 2017. He is responsible for identifying, developing, promoting and implementing resource recovery projects, policy and initiatives for Icon Water. He has over 6 years’ experience in life cycle assessment, resource recovery and research across industry and academia, including in energy-from-waste, municipal organics and water treatment solids. His current work includes the development of a saleable compost product derived from water treatment solids and green waste. If successful, the project will reduce Icon Water’s waste to landfill to single digit landfill rates.
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