Recycling oven makes asbestos safe to reuse

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Wolverhampton-based Thermal Recycling has opened what is claimed to be “the world’s first socially and environmentally responsible alternative to asbestos disposal”.

It is claimed that the chemical and physical composition of the asbestos changes when heated in this oven.

The demonstration plant removes the nasties from asbestos sheeting and coverts it into a useable aggregate.

Approximately 60% of asbestos taken to landfill is in the form of roof sheets. Removing asbestos roof sheets involves putting them in a skip and sending to landfill. There has been no alternative – until now, it is claimed.

Thermal Recycling collects the asbestos and takes it to Wolverhampton where its treatment facility converts the cement roof sheets containing chrysotile asbestos.  Thermal treatment changes the chemical and physical composition of the asbestos and the asbestos-free material is then crushed to produce aggregate for road building.

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