Bicycle Path made of Recycled Printer Cartridges
Australia's National Park Service has come up with a creative use for electronic waste. They have created a smooth, mud-free 10.6 mile bike path out of old printer cartridges sturdy enough to withstand the 120,000 visitors that use it yearly. Designed by Repeat Plastics Australia, the recycled plastic path stretches from the northwest territory of Simpson's Gap to Alice Springs, and it only cost $330,000 to install -- including a viewing station.
Recycled plastic is ideal for outdoor landscaping because it does not rot and requires very low maintenance, not to mention it diverts waste products from the landfills. Since the color is part of the product, painting is not required and grafitti is easy to remove.
Repeat Plastics Australia's many uses for recycled domestic and industrial plastics echoes the government's commitment to "saving landfill, trees, and ensuring a longer life with less maintenance," according to Parks and Wildlife Minister Karl Hampton.