Bricks Made From Ashfall Will Be Used to Build New Homes
From the city who has been producing eco-bricks out of plastic.
(SPOT.ph) The ashfall from the ongoing Taal Volcano eruption has left almost all of Batangas a ghost town, with the potentially harmful plumes reaching the areas of Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Metro Manila and even Bulacan. While most people have been at a loss on what to do with all the sand-like ash—which are also potentially harmful, so don't forget to use a mask when cleaning it up—one city in Laguna has turned it into something else.
Ash was seen being turned into bricks in a post by Biñan City Mayor Walfredo "Arman" R. Dimaguila Jr. "Ashfall to bricks!" reads the caption, along with a call to sweep up the ash and put then in sacks to prevent them from clogging drainages. The city has been cleaning up the volcanic ash since January 13, so it seems this is just one way they found to deal with the problem.
But aside from turning lemons into lemonade, it looks like the city government has real good plans for the repurposed ashfall. These bricks will be donated to those who lost their homes in Batangas due to Taal's eruptions, according to Mayor Dimaguila in a report by ABS-CBN News.
The bricks are made with 10% cement, 20% sand, 40% volcanic ash, and even 30% recycled garbage, according to the same report. The Taal Volcano does not look to be letting up anytime soon, but we're keeping our fingers crossed that more good news are headed our way.
Main image from the Mayor Arman Dimaguila Facebook page.