Brick company crushes waste

A sheffield company is saving energy and reducing greenhouse emissions by crushing and recycling damaged bricks

RDA Yorkshire Forward has funded a scheme to help a firebrick supplier save energy and reduce greenhouse emissions by crushing and recycling damaged bricks.

Sheffield-based Intocast is the UK’s biggest stockist of fire bricks, which are used to line many different types of furnaces ranging from pizza ovens and wood burning stoves to industrial steel smelting and chemical works.

Yorkshire Forward provided Intocast with funds to purchase equipment to crush damaged bricks into powder so that they can integrate them into new products such as cements through its The Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) Programme. BREW provides support for businesses wanting to make better use of their resources, cut costs, and manage their waste,

Intocast is one of 55 businesses that benefited from the BREW grants last year which resulted in Yorkshire companies saving materials, water, energy and reducing waste.

Mike Smith, Head of Sustainable Development at Yorkshire Forward said: ‘Businesses should take advantage of this grant to reduce their waste, energy and water usage. By participating in this scheme not only are businesses having a positive impact on the environment, they are also improving their bottom-line profit.’