Monday, December 13, 2010

One Man's Trash.....

NPR recently ran a story on Paul Burns, owner of FireClay Tile in northern California. Burns, a self described “scavenger,” is doing his part to recycle and help the environment, one toilet bowl at a time.

After working for years with recycled granite dust from California’s oldest granite quarry located next door to his tile business, Burns was contacted in regard to recycling porcelain toilets and other bathroom fixtures by a landfill outside San Jose.

After one year, the landfill had located 150 tons of porcelain toilets for Burns. These have been crushed down and incorporated into the clay mixture for creating new tiles.

Although he pays about the same per ton for this porcelain as he would for new clay, he says that working with new materials always provides a welcome challenge.

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