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Arqlite Smart Gravel

Turning unrecyclable plastic to highly efficient materials for the built environment

March 2021
Gallery Arqlite Smart Gravel 1
Gallery Arqlite Smart Gravel 1


Arqlite provides a solution to the up-to-now unrecyclable plastics currently sent to landfills, incinerated or dumped, contaminating our land, rivers, and oceans. Arqlite proprietary technology is unique as it offers a sustainable alternative to waste generators, both private companies and municipalities, at a cost comparable to landfill tipping fees. This innovative product is destined to be one of many of Arqlite's large-scale solutions for plastic pollution. Arqlite Smart Gravel is one of the first commodity ever, made 100% from mixed plastic waste. Mining landfills instead of mountains, this product takes the best of plastic polymers and generates a filler, three times lighter and ten times better insulator compared to mineral gravel. Proven long-lasting and safe for the environment, this sustainable material is highly appreciated by the Civil Engineering industry, Concrete Mix companies, Precast manufacturers, Landscapers, and Hydroponic growers, among many others.

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Label Date March 22, 2021
By Arqlite
From United States
Maturity stage Medium and large scale commercialization
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Funding, Partners, Credibility

Implementation Stories

Arqlite Smart Gravel by Arqlite
Implemented by Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in Los Angeles (United States) in 2021

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is committed to ensuring long-term sustainability of the City of Los Angeles through Green landscaping among many other fields of action. The largest municipal utility in the country carried out the first pilot project with Arqlite Smart Gravel as a cover for planters in 2021. They took roughly two cubic yards of Smart Gravel, equating to approximately 1.5k lbs of material.


The process being one-for-one, 1.5k lbs of the product reuses 1.5k pounds of plastic waste


The environmental benefits

  • Arqlite 750lbs /Cubic Yard vs. Mineral Gravel 3,000lbs /Cubic yard - induces lower transportation costs and installation times that can be cut in half
  • Plastics have been stabilized into a new finished product, making it inert and thus safe for water and the environment
  • One ton of Arqlite Smart Gravel = One ton of plastics deviated from the environment
  • Doesn't discard any water or other pollutants during the manufacturing process
  • Helps reduce transport contamination and increase insulation in buildings, reducing the carbon footprint caused by AC and heating

The Financial benefits

  • Arqlite offers a competitive price compared to existing products, while its lower weight generates savings in transport, handling and installation
  • Using Arqlite Smart Gravel adds points to many green building certifications, multiplying the value of new projects
  • Arqlite processes mixed plastics at a 1ton/hour rate and at a competitive cost compared to landfill tipping fees, making it a low cost, scalable solution

Activity Region

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North america

United States,

South america


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Company Profile


Arqlite develops upcycling technologies to transform complex plastics into low-carbon materials

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Headquarters Santa Ana, CA 92704, USA
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