Fossilisation of waste

Our waste fossilisation process works with non-recyclable, non-inert and non-hazardous waste such as household refuse and ordinary industrial waste from deconstruction.

These waste materials, which would normally go to landfill or incineration, are given a new life by Néolithe.

The three-stage waste fossilisation process

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Stage 1

Waste material

Of the various types of non-recyclable waste, the fossiliser can take any combination of household and ordinary industrial waste, such as plastics, textiles, wood, plaster and even insulation material. Metals, however, are removed from the process for reuse in the relevant industrial sector.

Stage 2


After the non-recyclable, non-inert and non-hazardous waste goes into the fossiliser, it is transformed via an emissions-free process into a fine powder, to which a low-carbon binder is added at 20%; the formula for the binder is confidential. This binder is essential to ensure the waste material is inert and to give it a coherent mineral structure.

Stage 3

Anthropocite aggregates

The new mineral, which we call Anthropocite, has the same technical and mechanical characteristics as those of traditional aggregates – the most widely-consumed raw material in France at 450 million tonnes per year. Anthropocite aggregates created by fossilising waste can be used in road sub-bases and concrete. The Néolithe process adds value to stone, a material that has now been reinvented and has established a place for itself in modern industry.

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