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Australian National Park uses recycled ink cartridges to refurbish bike path

Minister for Parks Karl Hampton tries the upgraded bike path to Simpsons Gap. Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY

One of Central Australia’s most popular tourist spots, the Simpsons Gap Bike Path in West MacDonnell National Park now sports a new look – it’s made of recycled ink cartridges!

This 18 km bike path’s new 100 meter long path and replacement bridge should last longer and were more economical to build than a regular timber bridge.The Northern Territory Government spent $130,000 upgrading the bike path. Another terrific innovative way to recycle, don’t you think? But what do they do with all that toner?

`Here at Simpsons Gap repairs and upgrades to the Bike Path Bridge are now complete, leaving us a safer bridge for riders and a great natural aesthetic. 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.

Debra Atlas is a freelance environmental writer and eco-enthusiast based in Northern California, and is the Red Ferret’s Ecological Editor. Debra looks for the upside of eco-change – what’s positive, making a difference. She hunts down those interesting things cooked up by creative minds, especially if they’re strange and eccentric.

Debra Atlas – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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