Mickleham Road Upgrade uses Aus-first tech for sustainability

Mickleham Road Upgrade sustainability

Australian-first technology to improve sustainability has been used on stage one of the $222 million Mickleham Road Upgrade in Victoria.

The upgrade recently became the nation’s first to use the ZWS Patriot, a zero-waste management system that recycles waste, allowing it to be reused on other parts of the project.

Aiming to reduce the works carbon footprint, the ZWS Patriot filters and re-uses waste from non-destructive digging to ensure there is zero waste or landfill during construction.

This process involves the ZWS Patriot separating dirt from water, allowing the water to be re-used on site, and the recycled dirt to be used as topsoil for landscaping at the end of the project.

The energy saved from one standard load processed through the ZWS Patriot is equal to 55 kilograms of coal burned, 47 litres of petrol consumed or 13,381 smartphone charges.

The environmental benefits of the technology include a net carbon reduction per load of 88 per cent, re-use of water, fewer truck movements and the better tracking of waste.

In a Victorian first, the project is also using solar technology to power the temporary traffic signals near Aitken College and the Somerton Road intersection, part of the upgrade, until they are connected to the grid. While the project’s main construction support site will be completely powered by solar energy, with excess power being pumped back into the electricity grid.

For more information, visit: www.bigbuild.com.au


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