Christchurch Airport has partnered with Fulton Hogan on a commercial trial of PlastiPhalt – a roading asphalt incorporating recycled plastic.
Since 2015 Fulton Hogan’s Canterbury laboratory has been developing an asphalt called PlastiPhalt. PlastiPhalt includes chips of used oil containers. These are collected through Fulton Hogan’s Recovering Oil Saves the Environment (ROSE) Scheme. After closed testing on its own property, Fulton Hogan looked to Christchurch Airport as a possible site for a commercial trial. A section of PlastiPhalt mix was laid on Perimeter Road. This was followed by a larger project on the fire station apron, a logistically challenging and demanding environment. These tests will determine feasibility for future uses of waste plastic collected in the airport’s recycling programme.