Waste materials – Innovative value-adding resources for building materials


The recycling of co-mingled and contaminated glass, plastic, wood, marine waste and textile are highly desirable, both economically and environmentally. The two main barriers to recycling these wastes are; 1- Contamination or co-mingling of with other waste streams and the resulting need for cleaning, and 2- The availability and effectiveness of already existing recycling solutions. In this project we have developed an innovative sustainable solution for producing high performance building materials from these wastes. While the science of recycling clean, separated plastic, glass waste is well established and widely reported, there has been little work leveraging on mixed wastes without separation and with limited pre-processing steps. Likewise, reforming of waste textile in cost effective process is unsolved yet. 

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