Ceramics can be crushed and recycled into a range of useful products, diverting waste from landfill and decreasing emissions and toxic outputs used in the production process. Redirecting this waste can also help avoid costly landfill charges.
Ceramic products such as paving and roof tiles are common waste products of the construction and demolition industry. By recycling or reusing these ceramics, large amounts of waste is diverted from landfill as well as helping reduce the demand for natural resource. Ceramics production can be emissions intensive and involves a number of toxic substances used as glazes, but recycling or reusing ceramic products can decrease these outputs. Redirecting waste also helps avoid increasingly costly landfill charges. When recycled ceramics can be made into useful products such as drainage materials, rock base for driveways and paths or as composite material for aggregates.
Many recycling yards that accept bricks and concrete will also accept ceramics. However this is not always the case and it is advisable to check before dropping off any ceramic materials. Some commercial recyclers will provide bins for on-site collection. These may then be crushed on on-site or removed for processing. For medium to large quantities of clean ceramic tiles, reuse services exist which will purchase them for resale.
What Happens When It's Recycled?
Reuse: Unwanted tiles that are clean and in good condition may be purchased for resale and reuse on other projects.
Recycle: Used ceramics from the construction and demolition industry will be collected and then crushed. The degree of crushing will depend on its end use as range of product such as drainage material or rock base for driveways.