Recycling Plastic Waste Into Bricks

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure | A group of students from Kuching, Sarawak has gone viral on Twitter for their innovative idea of recycling plastic bottles into bricks. Twitter user @chelompelom tweeted a photo of the group’s final year project (FYP) on Monday, 5 August. His tweet reads: “Not into the metal straw thingy, but we still wanna save the turtles… just in a different way.”

The photo shows a brick made of 70% plastic waste and 30% river sand / gravel / calcium carbonate. It was made by Jerome Emmanuel and his friends for their FYP. Aim was to reduce plastic waste and turn it into something else.

Jerome’s tweet has since racked up over 4,000 retweets and 3,500 likes. The petrochemical engineering students told the media that one brick is made from 1.3kg worth of recycled plastic. The rest of Jerome’s team includes Nur Syafiqah, Nur Mastiqah, Ros Amirah, and Fakhrul Azeem.

In a separate tweet, Jerome said that his team used polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles for the project, as it was the easiest to clean and dry. “We melt it in a kuali or a furnace in our lab’s fume chamber.” The students sourced for plastics from recycling centres and recycling bins around their campus.

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