Why support Brick Rescue?

When pre-1950s buildings are demolished, we rescue the bricks and recycle them for re-use. 
This is upcycling

Upcycling is the most energy efficient and environmentally sustainable form of recycling because it does not destroy the original product. Instead of being crushed as demolition waste and lost forever, these irreplaceable bricks are preserved for re-use. Now that’s pretty cool! When they have been cleaned, sorted, graded and blended to customer requirements, these historic bricks are re-used in exciting new commercial, residential and landscaping projects. This is upcycling.

the recycling pyramid

It’s a rescue operation

We work with environmentally conscious demolishers, councils, developers and property owners to rescue the bricks for re-use when pre-1950s buildings are demolished.

Sadly, hundreds of thousands of bricks are still crushed every day. This is because while councils specify recycling, they do not specify that brick must be recycled for re-use when pre-1950s brick buildings are demolished. This allows developers and demolishers to crush bricks with other demolition waste, instead of preserving them for re-use. And so irreplaceable historic bricks are crushed for road-base.

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.



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

Recycling that destroys the original product to make a new product is called downcycling. Both downcycling and upcycling are legitimate recycling activities. But one destroys the original product while the other preserves it.

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. If you see a pre-1950s brick building with demolition fencing around it, send us a Demo Alert with the location. We will pay a Finder’s Fee for every brick that we rescue.