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How A Mushroom-Based Solution Could Detoxify Construction Waste

Jamie Hailstone of Forbes reports on a company that uses mushrooms to reduce construction waste.

The C3 Take
  • The construction and demolition sectors produce 660 million tons of waste each year in the U.S. alone.
  • Mycocycle is a biotechnology startup that is using fungi to break down materials such as asphalt shingles, insulation board, and gypsum drywall, and reduce the toxicity of these materials by 98%.
  • The company takes construction waste and mixes it with a blended fungi solution and lets it incubate for 14 days. From there Mycocycle is able to recycle or repurpose waste into new materials.
  • To date, the company has treated 12,000 pounds of materials.

“She added that since launching, Mycocycle has treated 12,000 pounds of material via paid pilots, as well as with building owners and contractors like META and Lendlease who are focused on reduction of Scope 3 emissions and innovations within their industries.”

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