Ecophon has successfully developed a recycling technique in the form of EcoDrain™ lightweight aggregates for soil drainage. The product is compressed to one seventh of the original glass wool volume, thus reducing the transport requirement.
Made initially by converting glass wool dust from the production process, this system will be gradually expanded to include whole discarded ceiling tiles as interest in this new product increases.
EcoDrain™ is today used as a drainage layer in landfills. However, this is only the beginning; we aim to extend its uses in the future to trench venting of soil gases, for collecting hydrogen sulphide, drainage layer in reinstatement, and many other purposes.
The EcoDrain™ solution presents multiple benefits. Firstly, the opportunity to transform the glass wool dust, generated during production process, into a new product. Secondly, the possibility to use discarded ceiling panels as raw materials, instead of sending them to landfill. And thirdly, the use of EcoDrain™ is eliminating the need for conventional drainage layers, which are obtained by extracting fresh materials from the earth, such as quarrying of gravel.