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Minimising the Quantities of Refractory Waste and the Treatment Costs
By developing higher performance products, the refractories engineers indirectly reduce the quantities requiring treatment. However, improving refractory performance has also resulted in the development of multi-layer linings, which are more difficult to sequentially dismantling before on site sorting.

The return to monolithic installations (concrete based) rather than built brick has facilitated recycling and exploitation of used product, particularly if the concrete contains little or no cement binder, as this allows the aggregates to be more easily extracted.

It can be envisaged that, in the future, a consideration during the development and design of new refractory materials and products will be the ease of recycling the material after its initial use.

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