In a new study, researchers found that ceramic countertops were recycled but still not recycled at a rate of 5.4% compared to 5.9% for ceramic countertop recycling, with ceramic counter top recycling rates being higher than that of all other materials.
“The fact that ceramic has not been recycled is not surprising given its durability and durability characteristics,” says Michael D. Tarrant, the study’s lead author and associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Southern California.
“It also makes sense given the popularity of ceramic and its popularity among many consumers.”
The researchers used a model to simulate the impact of the potential loss of recycled materials, and then calculated how much of the materials could be reused in the future.
The model simulated the impact on a 1,000-square-foot home with a ceiling of 50 inches and a floor of 6 feet, and used the total amount of recycled material to determine how much the home could reuse.
The study found that the total recycled material was enough to reuse the materials in more than 90% of the home’s uses, but only 5.1% of that could be recycled in the next 12 months, based on the estimated cost of the project.
While the study did not specifically quantify the potential value of recycled ceramic in a home, Tarrants team found that it is a “low-cost” and “high-quality” material.
In a comparison of a similar model, the researchers found ceramic to be a “high cost, high-quality material.”
The study also found that, although it was not immediately clear how much ceramic could be used for each household, the research suggested that the recycling potential could be “relatively large” in some households.
The researchers did not attempt to determine the value of recycling ceramic in homes, but said the results could be useful for future research.
The results of the study were published online this week in the journal Applied Materials & Interfaces.
“This study provides strong support for the use of recycled ceramics in low-income households and for the value they provide to society, the environment and the economy,” said study co-author and former UCLA assistant professor of mechanical engineering David K. Schmitt, now a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“The research highlights the importance of recycling ceramicals in homes that can be used as a source of low-cost, high quality materials for home uses.”
The research is the latest in a series of recent studies on recycled materials.
Earlier this year, a team of researchers from Stanford University and the University at Buffalo reported on a study that showed recycled materials from a large number of different sources, including ceramic and glass, were valued for the same as new materials in an urban environment.