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