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A Rwandan Engineer Is Recycling Glass Bottles Into Bricks


At 32, Aimable Mutabazi already has his own construction and brick manufacturing company — but his bricks aren’t quite like the ones that hold up so many homes. The engineer started thinking about a better brick when he was still a sophomore at the University of Rwanda, wondering if there was a way to use waste as a raw material. Now, his business makes bricks with recycled glass and ceramics, rescuing tons of old bottles and windows from the local dump.

Mutabazi saw his solution as an environmental win-win. With glass concrete bricks, his company Byiza Vuba Ltd. simultaneously recycles waste and reduces emissions.