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From waste to fireproof walls

An innovation showcased at the British Invention Show could ensure that what seems to be the most unrecyclable of wastes is recycled.

The Fireproof Composite Board can turn any household waste into boards that will not burn at up to three times the melting point of steel.

With local authorities willing to pay up to £120-a-tonne to divert rubbish from landfill, the process could turn rubbish into a viable product for roofing, tiling and doors or to build houses.

Inventor Michael Keenan said: "I was sent a bag of rubbish from Lincoln County Council. All the recyclables had been taken out, and it was just the resultant silo mess. It was too weak for cement, but by adding a special formula, I made it fire proof."

Any waste can be added to the board and welding equipment is unable to break through the square which can include anything from glass, sand, plastics or even runner beans and grass cuttings.

Keenan added: "It can even be used to make houses in the third world. If you're surrounded by rubbish, your waste will build your house. If it's in your culture to have a fire in the living room, you can. It's extremely warm and insulated and will turn rubbish into a profit."

The inventor is busy trying to gain exposure on the back of the show, but believes it will only take one spark for it to really take off.

"The coating I add gives it a smooth finish like marble. But it will actually turn any waste into an extremely commercially viable product. With people paying to get rid of waste, this will actually make them money from it."

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