Recycled plastics help drive Rottnest Island's sustainability

Bickley Walk Trail bench seat

Rottnest Island has stepped up its sustainability focus by using recycled plastic products as part of its major walk trail project.

The recently opened Wadjemup Bidi walk trail boasts 45 kilometres of trails which now feature 27 bench seats and boardwalk sections all made from recycled plastic.

Apart from sustainability motives, the recycled plastic products were also chosen for maintenance, functionality and aesthetic reasons.

Sections of recycled plastic boardwalks include Henrietta Rocks and Porpoise Bay, while the recycled benches have been installed throughout the trails offering visitors spectacular views at Cape Vlamingh, Cathedral Rocks and Bickley Bay.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said Rottnest Island wanted to be recognised as a sustainable must-visit tourism destination and projects like the Wadjemup Bidi and its extensive use of recycled plastic products were proof of this commitment.

"These long-term sustainability priorities will mean that Rottnest Island can continue to be enjoyed by visitor for generations to come,” he said.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the 27 recycled plastic benches alone represented nearly 430,000 plastic bags being diverted from landfill.