Crossville Announces a Total of 40 Million Pounds Spared from Landfills, Used as Recycled Material for New Tile
When we first launched our revolutionary Tile Take-Back® program back in 2009, we never fathomed we’d reach a 40 million pound milestone. Yet here we are today–Earth Day 2014–sharing the exciting news that our proprietary method of recycling fired porcelain has resulted in stopping 40 million pounds of waste from entering landfills.
Since Tile Take-Back’s inception we’ve diverted…
– nearly 18 million pounds of fired scrap produced at our plants,
– more than 300,000 pounds of scrap and post-consumer tile collected through our distribution network and other sources, and
– 20.9 million pounds of scrap porcelain acquired from our TOTO USA partnership
…away from landfills.
Not only have we diverted that much waste from landfills, but we’ve been able to make great use of that waste to create feedstock for new tile. Today, every tile we manufacture in Crossville, Tennessee contains some percentage of recycled content. Additionally, we actually use more waste in manufacturing than we generate, making us a “net consumer of waste” for three years running.
“I take the small black bins into A&D offices and have them put porcelain tiles that would normally be thrown out and I take them back to Longust Distributing for the Tile Take Back program.”
Monica further explains how the distributor also has a Tile Take-Back pallet by their tile saw and the cut waste is put into that pallet. And when we discontinue a collection, the Longust team collects the samples for Tile Take-Back. Next our Crossville logistics team coordinates getting the Tile Take-Back pallets on a truck already heading to Crossville, TN. This approach ensures shipping efficiencies that support our green practices. That’s teamwork at it’s best!
Do you want to be part of our next 40 Million Pounds? Join the revolution by collecting porcelain tile. Learn more about how to participate! Click here to view the Crossville Tile Take-Back program requirements and request form.
Happy Earth Day, everyone!