Ceramic Industry

China Bans Traditional Brick

January 9, 2001
China is banning brick and tiles made in smoky coal-fired kilns, ending a 2,000-year-old tradition in an effort to cut smog and save farmland mined for clay. The ban on the rough red-and-tan bricks and roof tiles will take effect in cities next June and throughout the country by July 2003, the official Xinhua News Agency said recently. It will outlaw a style of brick-making that dates to the Han dynasty in the second century B.C. China later exported better-quality glazed tiles as far away as the Roman Empire. Construction of rural brick kilns over the past decade consumed more than 750,000 acres of farmland, Xinhua said. It said construction officials are trying to encourage builders to shift in part to using brick made of ash from power plants in cleaner kilns.

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