Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tandus Flooring is the first to provide the industry with a fully certified reclamation center

Congratulations to our friends at Tandus!

The Tandus Flooring Environmental Center, recognized as the first closed-loop reclamation center for flooring, is now certified through Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), and is the first of its kind anywhere. This prestigious certification was created in early 2010 to recognize leading organizations for their efficient and effective handling of materials, diverting waste from landfills and helping to reduce the amount of virgin materials consumed in manufacturing.

The certification will shape the industry and the confidence among owners and specifiers concerning the process and inventory of reclaimed materials. Certification of the Tandus Flooring Environmental Center is the only reclamation center guaranteed to conform with Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Guides for the Use of Environmental Claims. Architects and designers as well as owners can now require that materials produced through a certified reclamation center conform with LEED “Material and Resources” criteria for recycled content in building products and meet material classification requirements of the SCS Recycled Content Certification. Further, control of quantitative claims regarding material diverted from landfills and the ratio of useable material to waste sent to landfills, incineration or permanent storage, will now be transparent to the industry.

Tandus Flooring was the first in the industry to launch a closed-loop recycling system in 1994— the last year the company sent any manufacturing waste to a landfill or incinerator. Since then, we have reclaimed and recycled more than 170 million pounds of flooring and manufacturing waste back into flooring which includes that of our competitors. Tandus Flooring recycles for the industry, with more than 60 percent of product reclaimed and diverted from landfills or incineration is not original Tandus Flooring product. Floor products produced through reclamation are identified as ER3® products. This uninterrupted process produces over eight million square feet of ER3 products annually, making Tandus Flooring the largest producer of recycled flooring in the industry.

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