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Why support Brick Rescue?

When pre-1950s buildings are demolished, we rescue the bricks for re-use in new projects. 
This is upcycling

Upcycling is the most valuable of all recycling activities because the original product is not destroyed during the recycling process. In other brick recycling activities the original brick is crushed and destroyed to make a new product called roadbase. Recycling that destroys the original product to make a new product is called downcycling. Both are recycling activities but one destroys the original product and the other preserves it.

Brick Rescue’s mission is to rescue pre-1950s heritage bricks when old brick structures are demolished and to upcycle them for re-use in new construction projects. It is the most sustainable and energy efficient response and preserves Australia’s irreplaceable heritage brick.

Brick Rescue relies on the help of motivated councils, architects, civil contractors and builders who are passionate about sustainability, the environment and preserving Australia’s irreplaceable heritage bricks. This is our cause – rescuing heritage bricks from demolition sites and upcycling them for re-use in new construction projects.



Reuse uses less energy than crushing and preserves historic bricks that are part of Australian heritage. It is the sustainable and environmentally superior option.

To upcycle or to downcycle?

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When it comes to bricks, upcycling for reuse is environmentally superior to downcycling for road base.

  • Reuse uses much less energy than crushing bricks for roadfill and then manufacturing new bricks for construction.
  • Reuse preserves irreplaceable Australian heritage bricks by reusing them in new building projects where they are enjoyed by all Australians.

Who hasn’t enjoyed the vibe of heritage recycled brick at The Grounds of Alexandria, Crinitis, Pancakes on the Rocks, Sandstone Point Hotel (QLD), Sydney Olympic Park Jacaranda Square or one of our multiple Merivale Group installations that include Mr Wong, Coogee Pavillion, Papi Chulo, Ivy and more?

Browse our project galleries to see how The Brick Pit upcycles irreplaceable heritage bricks for reuse in many notable and award winning projects such as the Google headquarters in Pyrmont, Wollongong University SBRC and multiple HIA and MBA award winning residential and commercial projects.

Stop the waste!

Brick Rescue needs local government councils to specify in DAs that pre-1950s bricks must be reused and not crushed as demolition waste.

Brick Rescue needs you

Brick Rescue needs you to be our eyes and ears. Anytime you see a brick building with fencing around it that is soon to be demolished, send us a Demo Alert with the location, and Brick Rescue will endeavour to rescue the bricks.