Turning Demolition Waste into Bricks for Construction
Every year, more than 55 billion lbs (25 billion kg) of construction and demolition waste can be recycled. The debris is typically used to base roads and buildings, however, StoneCycling® has found a way to transform this waste into products with a higher value. WasteBasedBricks a specialty brick material made from construction and demolition waste found at building sites.
How It’s Made
The material is made with a proprietary grinder that grinds waste materials such as glass, bricks, concrete, and even entire sinks into a powder. Bricks can be produced by using up to 60%–100% waste material. By baking the powder in a specific mix at a high temperature, new stone-like material is produced that can be used to build again. Bricks are then subjected to standard market tests to ensure they are safe to use based on European standards.
The distinctive texture of each design depends on the source of debris and the production process. Sizes of all stones are variable, and the end product can be used for both exterior and interior purposes. The first house built using this material was completed in 2016 with additional hotels, office buildings, and other houses built in 2017. Other applications include tiles and surface material products used as cladding, interior detailing, and furniture.
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