In this study, use of wastes produced in phosphoric acid plants and boron concentrators in producing structural brick has been investigated. There are several parameters involved in using these wastes in brick production namely the rate of added waste, firing speed and firing temperature. The performance of these parameters can be measured by several criteria such as natural drying shortening, water absorption and weight loss. Therefore, so many experiments are needed to investigate the effects of these parameters on the bricks produced with these wastes. To this end, around 220 experiments for three different material combinations namely original waste plus normal brick clay, washed waste plus normal brick clay and normal brick clay with no additive were carried out. The results have shown that the industrial wastes produced by phosphoric acid plants can improve the performance of the bricks in terms of drying shortening, weight loss and water absorption. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.