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Atlas Block to use post-consumer, recycled glass


June 12, 2009
By Amanda Ryder

atlasblockJune 12, 2009 – Atlas Block announces they will be the first in the industry to incorporate post-consumer recycled glass in their entire line of products including concrete masonry units, masonry veneers and landscape products.

Atlas Block announces they will be the first in the industry to
incorporate post-consumer recycled glass in their entire line of
products including concrete masonry units, masonry veneers and
landscape products. Intensive research has led to the development of a lightweight block that utilizes revolutionary Poraver® technology, a post-consumer recycled material manufactured from glass collected through municipal blue box programs, and is exclusive to Atlas Block. The PCR Block with up to 30 per cent Poraver® has the advantage of contributing to significantly more LEED® credits for builders and sets a new environmental standard for the industry.  

While Atlas Block continues to include post-industrial waste in all of its products, the introduction of up to 30 per cent post-consumer recycled glass (including unusable coloured glass), substantially reduces consumer landfill waste and increases eligibility for LEED® Recycled Material credits.  If Atlas Block used only 1 per cent Poraver® in their products, it would decrease consumer glass waste in Ontario landfill sites by 1.9 million bottles annually. The Atlas PCR Block contains 30 per cent post-consumer recycled glass – setting a new standard for recycling and conservation in the concrete industry.

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Poraver® technology processes recycled consumer glass by crushing it into a fine powder, refining it into light weight pellets that expand and generate a fine-pored granulate which is used in the production of Atlas Block’s concrete mix.  The result is a high performance concrete product that is non-toxic, chemically stable, mold proof, odourless, has excellent noise and heat insulation values and is unaffected by moisture.  Atlas Block PCR Block is a high quality, durable concrete product tested to exceed industry standards. 

Because of its high percentage of post-consumer recycled material, along with other qualities that support sustainable design, Atlas Block PCR Block helps contribute to the commercial, industrial and institutional building sectors pursuit of LEED® certification credits under the categories of Sustainable Sites, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Innovation & Design Process. 


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