A sustainable building brick that is made from recycling foundry dust/ sand waste (80%) and mixed plastic waste (20%).
India accounts for 10% world production in casting and forging industry, of which dust and residue from recycled waste forms nearly 4.3million metric tons of dumped waste proving to be a huge environmental hazard. Adding to that the mixed plastic dumping by Hospitals, other industries
and Society at large which end up in landfills cropping up every few kilometers across major cities. The ‘Silica Plastic Block’ or SPB attempts to confront this mounting problem one brick at a time.
India based company, Rhino Machines has launched the Silica Plastic Blocks , a sustainable building brick that is made from recycling foundry dust/ sand waste (80%) and mixed plastic waste (20%); in collaboration with r+d labs, which is the research wing of the architectural firm r+d studio.
The dust from the foundry is a waste and needs to be removed; where as plastic is a menace that is omnipresent in all parts of our daily lives. The SPB involves both these components – dust and plastic waste; it requires a significant contribution from both industry and community creating a symbiotic relationship. The SPB Centers could set up the brick making units and create bricks with the donated plastic waste from the community. This would also help eliminate their dust and the resultant bricks could be donated back to community to help manage their infrastructural requirements like public toilets, dispensaries, paved paths, community markets (haats), cow shelters (gaushalas) etc.