Scottish recycling expert, Angus Carnie, has built himself a house using entirely recycled or reused materials – everything would have ended up in landfill or in an incinerator. It is built in the style of a traditional Scottish cabin, but the walls are made up of ‘logs’ of shredded plastics that have been compressed together. His kitchen floor is made from floorboards from an old church. It has been zero-rated by the local council and so he does not pay any council tax.

“The whole theme of the house is that I wanted it to be that it used to be something else,” he said.

The total cost of the home was £40,000 – £25,000 for the plot of land, and a further £15,000 for processing plastic and the services of an electrician. The raw materials did not cost a penny.
The project indicates that, if a commercial company was to take up his idea and begin producing building materials or entire homes using waste plastic, the overall cost could be significantly cheaper and turnover significantly faster.

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