TRANSFORMING BRICK DEMOLITION WASTE
The ability to upcycle and reuse bricks is changing the paradigm on how brick demolition waste is handled.
The Brick Pit is a green company, built on a solid committment to sustainability, energy, the environment and conservation.
The business is Australia’s oldest brick recycler, contributing to reducing landfill and CO2 emissions by upcycling millions of bricks for reuse annually.
“Every time you reuse 2,000 old bricks instead of new bricks, you save the environment 1 tonne of CO2.”
Source: NIRAS Consultants
The manufacture of new bricks is known to be highly energy and resource intensive and so the ability to upcycle and reuse bricks is changing the paradigm on how brick demolition waste is handled. Brick upcycling in Australia and around the world, is riding a wave of unprecedented growth. The rising trend towards reusing bricks reflects an increasing commitment by consumers and governments to reduce landfill and CO2 emissions.
The Brick Pit’s business model is upcycling for reuse – the most energy efficient and environmentally sustainable form of recycling as it does not destroy the original product but simply reuses it in its original form. Our bricks are sourced directly from demolition sites, upcycled and graded at our Smithfield depot, then blended to customer requirements for reuse in new projects. It’s a great story and we’re proud of it!
The reuse of brick when buildings are demolished must become the priority of every local council without exception. Crushing reusable, lime-mortar brick along with other demolition waste is unacceptable. The Brick Pit’s Brick Rescue initiative seeks to reward and encourage consumer sentiment towards reuse and against crushing reusable brick for roadbase.
Keith Carqueville, owner of The Brick Pit since 2007, saw the shift towards sustainability, conservation and the environment long before recycled brick was considered cool and fashionable. As a result of his foresight, The Brick Pit has risen to become the industry’s leading innovator known and respected for;
- advocating for the upcycling and reuse of brick and against crushing good reusable brick for roadbase
- developing innovative blends and product lines to meet the increasingly sophisticated demand in the marketplace
- establishing quality standards in upcycled bricks that can be confidently specified by architects over larger projects
Since 1975, The Brick Pit has been supplying architects, designers, howneowners, builders, landscapers and shopfitters in Australia and overseas with premium, recycled bricks for residential, commercial and landscaping projects including custom homes, restaurants, cafes, commercial, retail, and residential complexes, council parks and outdoor spaces, leading education facilities and eco resorts.
Our notable projects include UOW Sustainable Buildings Research Centre – Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star Rated building, UOW iAccelerate building, Sandstone Point Hotel (QLD), Sydney Olympic Park Jacaranda Square, the Google Headquarters in Pyrmont, multiple HIA and MBA award winning homes and installations within the Merivale Group’s empire including Ivy, Mr Wong, Coogee Pavilion, Papi Chulo and the Hemme’s private residence.