Recycling is not new – it has been around for at least 2,000 years and the ancient city of Pompeii was partly built from trash. But there is still much to do to achieve a truly circular economy in construction and demolition waste, says Paul Carolan.
New discoveries at Pompeii, which was abandoned in AD 79, have revealed that the Romans knew a thing or two about recycling. It turns out that part of the city was built out of trash. Just as today, waste was being sorted, separated, resold and reused in construction.