2014 Banksia Award for sustainable roads
Earthco Projects has won the "Product Sustainability through Design, Manufacture and Use" award at the prestigious 2014 Banksia Awards in Sydney.
The Victoria-based distributor of PolyCom Stabilising Aid works with local government across Victoria, NSW and Tasmania to build what it hopes to be a longer lasting unsealed road network.
PolyCom is an Australian-made product which, mixed into existing unsealed road materials, aims to reduce road maintenance.
The resulting reduction in carbon emissions, water and expenditure enables councils to meet environmental, financial and social sustainability objectives.
This is the second major sustainability award won by Earthco Projects in successive months. In September, the Victoria-based company won the Regional Recognition Award at the 2014 Premier's Sustainability Awards.
© Earthco Projects Pty Ltd 2014
"It's all about reusing and recycling"
"It's an honour to win this award, given the quality of the other finalists," said Earthco Projects' Technical Manager, Maurice Serruto, in his acceptance speech.
"I really want to thank our customers in local government who had the courage to recognise that they couldn't keep doing what they were doing [to maintain their unsealed road network].
"It's all about reusing and recycling your existing road, and PolyCom enables you to do that."
A not-for-profit overseen by a national Board of Management, The Banksia Environmental Foundation was founded in 1989 by a diverse group of 44 Australians to do more to support and recognise members of the community for their positive contribution to the environment.
In its 26th year, the Banksia Sustainability Awards are open to entries from around Australia.