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Melbourne to pioneer recycled plastics from future tramstops

A partnership between Yarra Trams and the ADA Mobility Design Lab at Monash University is recycling kerbside waste to create modular tramstops for Melbourne’s tram network.

Consisting of 24 routes and more than 1750 stops, Melbourne’s tramway is the largest in the world. The ADA Mobility Design Lab has developed a number of structures to cater for a variety of boarding and alighting requirements across the network, for both special events or more permanent installations.

All are designed to deliver a solution at a fraction of the cost of current construction, also incorporating hollow drainage features to promote environmental sustainability and minimise the impact of flash flooding events.

The project, which has received AUD300 000 (EUR192 000) in funding from the Recycling Victoria Research and Development Fund, will investigate how reinforced recycled plastics can be rolled out at scale, also considering the use of recycled rubber for damping components.

Integrated Recycling, maker of the recycled plastic Duratrack railway sleeper, will manufacture and trial the modular elements for testing purposes. Advanced Circular Polymer is to supply recycled materials recovered from waste collections.