Atlas Block recently announced that 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. Research by the company has led to the development of a lightweight block that utilizes Poraver technology – a post-consumer recycled material manufactured from glass collected through municipal blue box programs. According to Atlas Block, their PCR Block, with up to 30 percent Poraver, has the advantage of contributing to LEED credits for builders, and will substantially reduce consumer landfill waste. Poraver technology processes recycled consumer glass by crushing it into a fine powder, refining it into lightweight pellets that expand and generate a fine-pored granulate, which is then 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. It is currently being used on the Huntsville, Ontario media centre, where the prestigious 2010 G8 Summit will be held. “There’s no doubt that respect for the environment is integral to the future of the construction industry. I’m proud to be part of a company that is not only keeping up with sustainable practices – but is also bringing new ideas and developments to the table,” said Don Gordon, president and CEO of Atlas Block Co. Limited.
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