By JAMES TURNERSTEIN and JOHN BAYESUpdated January 06, 2018 08:59:50New carmakers have launched a new industry to remove the toxic slag from their vehicles and factories.
Key points:Slag removal industry is a new sector that was developed to replace steel mills and factories, it is estimated there are about 250,000 vehicles on the road with a combined output of up to 7.6 million tonnesSlag is now the main component of roads, but is increasingly being removed from buildingsSource: News Corp Australia The new industry was developed in a bid to improve the environment and reduce emissions, with the aim of removing the slag and other contaminants from roads.
Key point: The industry has been designed to eliminate slag by eliminating the waste from roads and other structures.
However, it was criticised by some as an unnecessary and costly process that could have been better managed.
The industry has also attracted criticism for the costs it puts on the industry and the disruption it causes to businesses that already have a heavy reliance on road transport.
“I’m not sure we should be doing it on the roads,” Victorian MP John Bays said.
“It’s not good for the environment.
It’s not the right way forward.”
The industry is set to be rolled out across Victoria in early 2018.
“The industry we’re going to start to roll out is around the vehicle, but also the structures that we’re removing,” Victorian Road Safety and Vehicle Safety Authority (VRSAVSA) chief executive Greg Hunt said.
He said removing the industrial slag would be a cost-effective process, but was not an easy one.
“There’s a number of challenges around the process,” Mr Hunt said, adding that it would take a minimum of five months to complete the project.
“In terms of how long it takes, it’s probably somewhere between a couple of years and a couple months.”
Mr Hunt said the industry would likely take about two years to develop.
He described it as a first step towards a safer and cleaner future.
“You’d think that it’s a good start to look at how we can get to a more environmentally-friendly way of transporting vehicles, because you know there’s a lot of slags that are in vehicles, and you’ve got a lot in buildings,” he said.’
It’s the right thing to do’Mr Hunt added the industry could be rolled-out nationally as early as 2019.
“That would make it the first of its kind in Victoria, because the vehicle would then be the main consumer,” he noted.
“So there would be less waste, less pollution, and it would reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that we are contributing.”
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