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Crossville, Tenn. — April 18, 2016 — Officials with domestic tile manufacturer Crossville Inc. announced that the company recycled 16,939,634 pounds of fired porcelain in 2015, bringing the company’s cumulative recycling total to just over 70 million pounds since the 2009 launch of the Tile Take-Back program and subsequent TOTO USA recycling partnership.
These recycling initiatives are based on the company’s proprietary process for recycling fired porcelain products, including post-consumer materials. Through Tile Take-Back, Crossville is able to recycle previously installed tile collected from its distribution network, as well as scraps that result from tile cutting during installation, sizing, or sample creation.
Through its TOTO partnership, Crossville receives pre-consumer fired porcelain toilets that do not meet quality standards. Prior to the partnership, these cast-offs were being sent to landfills for disposal, but now they are recycled for use in manufacturing new tile.
All 70 million-plus cumulative pounds of the recycled material Crossville diverted from landfills have been or will be introduced into the tile production process. This use of recycled material during manufacturing results in Crossville maintaining its status as a net consumer of waste for a fifth consecutive year. Net waste consumption is achieved by using more waste than is created during production.
Here’s the break-out of Crossville’s total of 16,939,634 pounds of fired porcelain recycled in 2015.
• 8,808,043 pounds fired scrap product at the company’s plant (this amount increased substantially from previous years, as the average tile size produced at Crossville’s plants has increased)
• 8,060,180 pounds of TOTO’s scrap porcelain
• 71,411 pounds of post-consumer waste from the Tile Take-Back program
Additionally in 2015, Crossville removed 1,738,973 pounds of filtrate solids from dirty water and recycled back into tile production.
Tile Take-Back and the TOTO USA partnership are just two of many sustainable practices Crossville maintains company wide. The Tile Take-Back program is Crossville’s answer to the major environmental problem facing the tile industry today: the recycling of fired tile. Because this program is so beneficial throughout the industry, Crossville openly accepts post-consumer tile from other brands as well as projects not originating from Crossville.
In 2011, Crossville launched a partnership with sanitaryware manufacturer TOTO USA to receive and recycle that company’s fired porcelain refuse. Today, there is recycled content in every square foot of porcelain tile produced by Crossville because of the harvested material from TOTO, reducing the need for raw materials for tile production.
Founded in 1986, Crossville Inc. is a U.S.-owned and operated manufacturer of award-winning tile collections for residential and contract applications. Its headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Crossville, Tenn. Crossville, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Curran Group, a privately held holding company. For more information, visit crossvilleinc.com.