Thermal Recycling Limited and the University of Wolverhampton's Brownfield Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC) have announced a collaboration whereby BRIC will instigate a research programme to further develop the understanding of the asbestos conversion or denaturing process that has been proven by Thermal Recycling.
Wolverhampton-based Thermal Recycling opened its demonstration plant in September 2020 to provide a socially and environmentally responsible alternative to asbestos disposal. The company diverts asbestos away from landfill, converts it into a new material that does not contain asbestos, and produces a sustainable aggregate.
Commenting on the agreement, Graham Gould, Chairman of Thermal Recycling said: “This research will build on the analytical work that we’ve already carried out looking at the chemistry of Calmag, the new material created by our conversion process of cement-bound asbestos sheets”.
The Brownfield Research and Innovation Centre was established in October 2017 with the support of the European Regional Development Fund Programme, with the aim of providing support to Black Country Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) involved in brownfield remediation and redevelopment.
Manager of the Brownfield Research and Innovation Centre Mark Schneider said: "BRIC is excited to be working with, and supporting, Thermal Recycling Limited in their innovative research to address the continuing issue of the safe disposal of asbestos”.