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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 manufactured 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 was born from our core value of zero waste to landfill and our adherence to circular economy principles in everything we do. It is our contribution to solving the soft plastics issue.

Tonerplas is designed to melt into, extend and modify the bituminous binder mastic in asphalt, improving its mechanical properties. As a result, the asphalt becomes more elastic, which leads to an increased lifespan and better performance. Extending the life of our roads saves money and resources in the long run, which further reduces the need for new materials and the pollutants that come with it.

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

TonerPlas benefits in asphalt:

  • Increased resistance to rutting (reduced flow & deformation – better resistance to heat and high traffic)
  • Increased fatigue life
  • Improved fuel and oil resistance
  • Increased longevity

Product Life Cycle

TonerPlas on ISupply Directory

If you’re a contractor, find our ISCA directory listing here, complete with all relevant sustainability credits. Or contact us directly to find out more:

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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