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Sustainability in Action

TonerPlas

TonerPlas™ is Close the Loop’s award-winning asphalt additive. This ground-breaking additive is a key ingredient to making high performance asphalt roads that last longer and require less maintenance than traditional asphalt. The additive is made from recovered waste printer toner (a high grade polymer) and post-consumer soft plastics dropped into the Redcycle bins in all Coles and Woolworths stores around Australia. It has become a leading example of Australia’s journey towards a circular economy as well as an innovative re-use of materials that were otherwise destined for landfill.

In Australia alone, more than 300,000 tons of soft plastic is dumped into landfills every year. Not only is this bad for the environment, it is a monumental waste of valuable resources that can be re-used and re-purposed into high performance products. TonerPlas™ is our contribution to solving the soft plastics issue and is the result of our core values of zero waste to landfill and adherence to circular economy principles in everything we do.

The formulated product is ingested into the asphalt mix at time of manufacture.

Every 1 km of road paved with TonerPlas-modified asphalt uses approximately:

  • 530,000 plastic shopping bag equivalents
  • Waste toner from 12,500 printer cartridges

Compared to standard VicRoads specified asphalt:

  • 65% improvement in fatigue life for longer-lasting pavement
  • Increases resistance to deformation to withstand heavy vehicular traffic

Now that truly is something to celebrate!!

For more information visit the TonerPlas™ website

Contact Steve Morriss on 0414 445 642 or email at steve@closetheloop.com.au

Peter Tamblyn on 0418 346 160 or email at peter@closetheloop.com.au

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