Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Glass Beach

PostedApril 21, 2006

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Randy Atkins:  The main fix for beach erosion is moving lots of sand.  But Phil Bresee, Broward County Florida's recycling manager, thinks finely ground used bottles…

Phil Bresee:  Will allow us to have a regular supply of crushed glass and sand that we can apply on beach erosion hot spots.

Randy Atkins:   After all…

Phil Bresee:  Sand is the key ingredient of glass.

Randy Atkins:  So engineers have tested various glass-sand mixtures for surf dynamics while biologists checked sea critter compatibility.

Phil Bresee:  All of the studies came out very positive.  There was no impact on mortality rates or the ability of the species to populate.

Randy Atkins:   Bresee says it wouldn't hurt you either and feels like all-natural sand.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.