In the European Union, the Institute of Ceramic Technology (ITC-UJI) is leading a project called LIFECERAM, which is a European-funded project that has recently achieved its goal of creating zero waste ceramic pavement.
To create this pavement, waste from the ceramics manufacture process, such as glaze sludge, dust from kiln filters and green and fired scraps, is turned into a 100 percent recycled urban paving product.
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The manufacture of ceramic tiles in the EU generates around 3 million tones of waste each year. LIFECERAM is a European-funded project led by the Institute of Ceramic Technology (ITC-UJI) that addresses this issue.
Right on schedule, LIFECERAM has achieved its goal of zero waste in the manufacture of ceramic paving through the design of a sustainable manufacturing process whereby elements of the final paving product incorporate the waste generated in other parts of the process. This new product is designed for use in urban paving.
Led by the Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica of the Universitat Jaime I of Castellón (UJI), the consortium also includes the Spanish Association of Ceramic Tile and Paving Manufacturers (ASCER) and three Spanish ceramics companies: KEROS Cerámica, S.L., VERNÍS, S.A. and CHUMILLAS-TARONGI, S.L.