ByFusion has unveiled a method of converting plastic waste into building materials to coincide with World Oceans Day.
The ByFusion Blocker is able to convert 100% of plastic waste into building materials called ByBlock. The company says that its Blocker can process any type of plastic without pre-treatment, and uses steam and compression to reshape waste into cinder-block shaped products.
“We have been working hard over the past several years to develop an innovative system to help the recycling industry address the plastic waste crisis by being able to recycle plastics that were previously considered unrecyclable,” said ByFusion CEO Heidi Kujawa. “We are excited to finally be ready to bring it to the world, starting with this event on World Oceans Day as well as a broader reach into the United States later this year.”
The company said its ByBlocks, which do not crack or crumble, are one solution to the plastic waste crisis. Citing the 8.3bn tons of plastic in circulation alongside the 9% recycle rate, ByFusion said its sustainable building material could help ease the burden on municipalities and waste management facilities.
The blocks consist of surfboard foam waste and plastic of classification 3 to 7, which ByFusion said is currently unrecyclable and constitutes much of the waste that ends up in the world’s oceans.