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Missoula no longer accepts glass for recycling.

What if we set aside a spot at the bone yard at the lab to collect unbroken glass for construction materials? When there is enough, I would think it could be used in many ways. Interior cob walls could allow light to penetrate.

 
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Wow, That would be cool for unbroken glass. You could also build a rocket furnace and recycle the broken glass with a glass blow pipe, you would also need an annealing cabinet to slowly cool the glass pieces you made from the old glass.
 
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What's with the no more recycling glass ? It's a big biz here in France . Why should it be different where you are ?
But melting it down just to make bricks would be cool .

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about 40 years ago, it was common to see glass driveways around here (Sea)
It was small pieces of glass that had been heated to soften the edges.
As a teen, I thought it was cool, all the bright colorful driveways.
 
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Tom Robertson wrote:about 40 years ago, it was common to see glass driveways around here (Sea)
It was small pieces of glass that had been heated to soften the edges.
As a teen, I thought it was cool, all the bright colorful driveways.


Tom, can you find any pics on the net and post them here? I looked and only found stuff where a little glass was mixed in with cement.
 
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http://swamplot.com/the-recycled-glass-driveway-at-the-cordell-shipping-container-house/2009-01-14/
This one has glass mixed with a binding resin

http://www.drivewayguide.com/driveway-types/glass-driveway/ This site has a little information about the process.

I've seen tumbled glass used as a garden mulch, also. Might be an attractive alternative for foot paths. Not seeing any driveways without a binding agent, yet.

It also occurs to me that the grass paving systems could be filled with glass instead of soil. This might be an option if you've got really shallow soils and are putting in a new driveway. Move the topsoil to a garden area when you build the driveway instead of trying to grow ground cover beneath a car.
 
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Broken glass thrown in a cement mixer for a while to dull the edges would have a lot of uses such as decorative gravel for paths, mixed in with plasters, etc.
 
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Maybe not for the labs, but I bet tumbled glass would also be a great substrate in wicking beds. In Austin is is apparently a free resource if you're willing to load it yourself.
 
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