Mannington To Recycle 19 Million Pounds of Vinyl Composition Tile in 2009

Mannington Commercial has undertaken an innovative environmental initiative to reclaim and recycle post-consumer vinyl composition tile (VCT). 

The tile is recovered from the renovation of major facilities that are large end-users of VCT, and the construction waste is delivered to Mannington’s manufacturing facilities in Salem, N.J., where it recycles the tile and incorporates it as post-consumer content into new premium tile.

“The volume of VCT going into landfills is an industry-wide challenge,” noted Dave Kitts, Mannington’s Vice President – Environment.  “This partnership [with a regional reclamation company] exemplifies the sort of smart thinking that is reshaping manufacturing today.  It is a simple business equation of supply and demand, built around our commitment to close the loop.” 

An estimated 1 billion pounds of vinyl composition tile is disposed of in America’s landfills each year.
   
Mannington has been incorporating post-consumer and post-industrial waste into new products for several years.  John Emmons, Director of Commercial Manufacturing at Mannington, said, “As our capabilities have grown, we have been looking for consistent waste streams to increase the amount of post-consumer content that we can use in our products, because it is the right thing to do.”

During the first year of this project, more than 19 million pounds of material will be recycled into new tile, Mannington’s Premium Tile, a product popular in commercial healthcare, education and retail applications.  The premium tile products will contain 25 percent post-consumer content.

“The beauty of this type of flooring is that it can be torn up and recycled forever,” Emmons says.  “As our capabilities grow, tile that is cycled back through our process will increase in its post-consumer recycled content.”

Looking forward, Mannington is developing methods for incorporating the waste stream into its full range of products, including resilient sheet, wall base, and more.

“During year one, we will take back tile from specific renovation sites within 500 miles of our New Jersey facilities,” Kitts says.  “As we become more and more efficient at incorporating the recycled tile as a material, we will create opportunities to increase the amount of recycled content and expand the use to other products.”

In 2010, Mannington plans to recycle 41 million pounds of the material into new flooring.

For more information on the product and program, go to www.manningtoncommercial.com.

The Vinyl Institute represents the leading manufacturers involved in the production of PVC/vinyl resin in the United States, and promotes the value of PVC/vinyl products to society. 

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