There are remarkable ways of recycling plastics or simply reusing them. The people of West MacDonnell National Park in Australia came out with a terrific concept for building a bike path. Made from junked ink cartridges, recyclables now link Alice Springs and Simpsons Gap. The new bike path looks cool and costs less than timber. In addition, it is more durable and longer lasting.
The Centralian Advocate reports that with the use of recycled materials, a 17km path was completed respectively for only $130,000. The bike path made from Ink Cartridges enables the park to save quite a sizable amount of money considering the materials used will last much longer than lumber, according to Red Ferret.
Karl Hampton, Minister for Parks and Wildlife said, “Every year more than 120,000 people visit the magnificent West MacDonnell National Park, and by investing in our parks we are able to ensure visitors have a unique experience while we protect our environment … In keeping with our government’s commitment to sustainable development, the bridge is made from recycled plastic decking or Replas, saving landfill, trees and ensuring a longer life with less maintenance. Alice Springs has a great bike culture and with the upgrades complete, residents can enjoy a short ride after school or work or longer weekend explorations, while tourists can get to know and enjoy the natural environment around the town.”