Transport, infrastructure and planning ministers are asking Transport and Infrastructure Council officials to support the use of recycled material in road construction.
According to Environment Minister Sussan Ley, the request was made in a bid to support the forthcoming export ban and National Waste Action Plan.
“The 12th meeting of the Transport and Infrastructure Council has focused on practical steps to support our economy and protect the health of our communities, by better harnessing recycled materials, returning them to productive use,” Ms Ley said.
Specifically, officials have been asked to identify significant procurement opportunities over coming months, such as major road projects that could use recycled material.
Ms Ley said council was also asked to prioritise the development of standards to support the use of recycled materials in road construction.
“Establishing viable markets for recycled products is critical to our recycling future, and Australia’s infrastructure boom can play a major role,” Ms Ley said.
Officials will report on progress at council’s first meeting in 2020.