Crossville’s Waste Recycling Processes Are Certified

Crossville, Inc.Crossville, Inc. has become the first tile manufacturer in the U.S. to achieve certification of its waste recycling programs through Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), an independent, third-party certifier of recycling claims.

SCS has verified that Crossville annually recycles approximately 12 million pounds of previously land-filled filtrate, fired tile, and pre-consumer sanitary ware. Much of this material comes from TOTO, a manufacturer of sustainable, luxury plumbing products.

This has enabled Crossville to become a net consumer of waste, consuming more manufacturing waste than it generates, as well as conserving resources; the volume of finished goods Crossville ships now exceeds the amount of raw materials it extracts from the earth for use in manufacturing. All Crossville products will now contain a minimum of four percent recycled content from TOTO, in addition to varying percentages of its own filtrate and fired waste.

Sarnafil is First Roofing Manufacturer to Get UL Recycled Content Certification

SarnafilSika Sarnafil is the first roofing company in the U.S. to receive certification from UL Environment regarding the recycled content of its roofing membrane products. Sika Sarnafil’s 10 foot wide Sarnafil and Sikaplan roofing membranes, PVC Protection Layer, and Sarnatred group of products contain an average of 10 percent recycled vinyl content from pre- and post-consumer sources.

UL Environment, Inc., an Underwriters Laboratory company, validated these claims in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s guidelines for the use of environmental marketing claims.

“We are proud to be the first U.S. single ply roofing manufacturer to receive this designation, and we are confident that building owners and specifiers who are looking for sustainable building solutions will welcome this news,” said Brian J. Whelan, Senior Vice President of Sika Sarnafil. “Sika Sarnafil’s Roof Recycling Program provides the building owner with the option to use a roofing membrane with recycled content that can also be recycled at the end of its useful life.”

Plant to Create Biodiesel From Grease

A demonstration plant that creates biodiesel fuel from restaurant trap grease (commonly called brown grease), located at the Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Plant in San Francisco, has begun operation. It is the first municipal wastewater program in the United States to create biodiesel from the waste feedstock. The demonstration treatment plant will process 10,000 gallons per day of trap waste, recovering 300-500 gallons a day of brown grease and converting it to biodiesel.

The program is an extension of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) SFGreasecycle Program to prevent fats, oils and grease (FOG) from being released into city sewers, where they solidify and constrict wastewater flow, causing back-ups and damage to sewer lines. For the past three years, the SFPUC and URS Corporation have worked to develop a comprehensive FOG Control Program that considers the needs and characteristics of restaurant operators, city government, residents, environmental agencies and the commercial grease industry. The start-up of the brown-grease-to-biodiesel plant demonstrates the potential for urban areas to develop similar programs to collect and utilize FOG.

The demonstration plant will save about 1,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents a year with a commercial scale facility of more than 40,000 tonnes a year. A 12-month research and testing program will monitor the brown grease recovery and biodiesel production plant’s performance and establish a business case that will make it easier for other municipal agencies to set up their own programs.

The program was financed by federal funds and approximately $1 million from the California Energy Commission.

Some recycling tidbits

Some interesting (at least to me) tidbits from an recycling article written by Natalie Ermann Russell of Simple Life and posted at CNN Technology. Click here to read the whole article, if you care about saving our environment. ;)Gary L. Parr

  • Office paper, which has long fibers, is worth a lot more than the “mixed paper” of cereal boxes, which has shorter fibers.
  • Plastic, glass, and metal containers are cleaned to remove food, but paper is not. Food particles can contaminate an entire batch, as the food (along with the paper) begins to biodegrade if it is left to sit.
  • All steel products, for example, contain at least 25 percent steel scrap, which requires 75 percent less energy to produce than “virgin” steel.
  • As for aluminum cans, recycling just one saves enough energy to run your TV for 2½ hours.

Roppe’s IMPACT program recycles adhesive-coated flooring

roppeimpactRoppe Corp., Fostoria, OH, has introduced IMPACT, a rubber products recycling program, aimed at generating new uses for rubber flooring products found  in many of our oldest schools, churches, hotels, healthcare facilities, and office buildings. “We hope that this program will encourage the use of rubber flooring products among designers who have not considered rubber in the past due to the environmental concerns at the end of the product’s life cycle,” said Dee Dee Brickner, Roppe marketing coordinator.
Products are gathered at the jobsite and palletized for return to Roppe’s recycling partner, a leader in recycling non-tire rubber products in the Midwest. A proprietary process is used to recycle the rubber products. Prior to development of this process, it was not possible to recycle rubber products with adhesive attached.
The most popular products generated with the technology are municipal landscaping mulches, playground surfacing, and rubber crumb for athletic fields and other applications. Specialty products such as pavers and edgings can also be made as needed. The rubber is treated with an EPA-approved adherent paint that is available in an array of eight “dazzling” colors.—Gary L. Parr