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Old Electronics Seen as Major Environmental Threat

BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 14 (UPI) — U.S. landfills are filling up with unwanted old electronic items and posing an increasing environmental threat, experts say.

Experts said the used televisions, music players and other electronics sitting in landfills can result in heavy metals leaking into soil and ground water, The Buffalo (N.Y.) News said Monday.

“It’s a huge problem. It’s literally poisoning communities,” said Barbara Kyle, national coordinator for the non-profit Electronics TakeBack Coalition.

Jim Simon, the University at Buffalo Green Office’s associate environmental educator, blamed the rising number of unwanted electronic items on regular advancements in technology that make such products outdated.

“In an age when there’s a new iPhone or television every other week, it seems, people are hemorrhaging their old electronics,” Simon said.

The Buffalo News said some advocates support increased recycling of electronic items by consumers while some states imposing limits on the disposal of such items.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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Glass is Half Empty for Bottled Water Industry

Chalk it up to being environmentally minded, or perhaps just price conscious. Either way – the bottled water industries are suffering right now, and our environment has at least a small reason to rejoice.

The problem with bottled water is well known… The lack of recycling participation leads our landfills to become filled with discarded plastic bottles of water, which have nowhere to go for hundreds of years. While some communities try to crack down on those who refuse (or “forget”) to participate in recycling programs – the efforts have little impact on the larger issues at hand.

While bottled water will continue to be a problem for the environment, companies that produce water here in America are feeling a pinch.

The Washington Post has more on the matter in their article Bottled Water Boom Appears Tapped Out:

The recession has finally answered the question that centuries of philosophers could not: The glass is half-empty.

That’s because sales of bottled water have fallen for the first time in at least five years, assailed by wrathful environmentalists and budget-conscious consumers, who have discovered that tap water is practically free. Even Nestle, the country’s largest seller of bottled water, is beginning to feel a bit parched. On Wednesday, it reported that profits for the first half of the year dropped 2.7 percent, its first decline in six years.

The biggest loser? Water.

“It’s an obvious way to cut back,” said Joan Holleran, director of research for market research firm Mintel. “People might still be buying bottled water, but you can bet that they’re refilling those bottles.”

The news delighted environmentalists, who have long berated the industry for wasting natural resources and stuffing landfills with plastic bottles. “I thought we’d never be able to impact sales of bottled water, and all of a sudden it’s really gained momentum,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of advocacy group Food & Water Watch. “I think we’re making real progress.”
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Not so long ago, bottled water was bubbling. It climbed up the ranks of America’s favorite beverages in recent years, beating out juice to become the third most popular in 2008, according to Mintel. (Soda is the drink of choice by far, followed by milk.) Sales of bottled water swelled 59 percent to $5.1 billion between 2003 to 2008, making it one of the fastest growing beverages. About 70 percent of consumers say they drink bottled water.

But the economic downturn is stemming the tide. Nestle sells a variety of brands, such as Poland Spring, Deer Park, S. Pellegrino and Perrier. It was the only sector in Nestle’s food and beverage group to post a decline in global sales during the first half of the year, down 2.9 percent because of weakness in the United States and Western Europe. Coca-Cola has also blamed softening demand for weaker U.S. sales of its bottled waters.

According to consulting firm Beverage Marketing Corp., Americans drank 8.7 billion gallons of bottled water last year, compared with 8.8 billion in 2007 — the first decline this decade. Per capita consumption dropped from 29 gallons to 28.5. Jeff Cioletti, editor in chief of trade publication Beverage World, said he doesn’t believe bottled water will return to galloping growth for a long while.

“There were sort of a lot of headwinds,” he said.

Those forces include not only the economic downturn, which is whacking at sales of everything from cars to clothes, but also the massive campaign by environmentalists to get consumers to turn on the tap.

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Plastic Recycling Guide

When it comes to recycling plastic, we all know that it’s a generally good idea, right? No one wants water bottles and extravagent packaging filling up our landfills for thousands of years… but how much about plastics and recycling do you really know?

Our guide contains the following sections…

Accessibility of Plastic Recycling

How are Plastics Recycled?
    –   -Separating Plastics by Type
    –   -Cleaning & Disinfecting Plastic Containers
    –   -Grinding up Plastic Flakes
    –   -Melting Plastics Down & Reducing Them to Elements
    –   -The Born Again Plastics

Why Are Plastics Numbered for Recycling?
    –   -#1 – PETE, or “Polyethylene Terephthalate” Plastics
    –   -#2 – HDPE, or “High Density Polyethylene” Plastics
    –   -#3 – PVC, V – or “Vinyl” Plastics
    –   -#4 – LDPE, or “Low Density Polyethylene” Plastics
    –   -#5 – PP, or “Polypropylene” Plastics
    –   -#6 – PS, or “Polystyrene” Plastics
    –   -#7 – Other Plastics

Plastic Recycling Facts

Need More Information?

Plastic Recycling Guide

Accessibility of Plastic Recycling

Little more than a decade ago, curbside recycling was not widely available to Americans. While urban areas and watershed communities were more likely to have organized programs, plastic recycling was still very new to the public.

Today, more than 80% of Americans have access to plastic recycling programs. Do not think that curbside bin pickup is your only option, either. Many markets have bottle recycling machines, and in some states, you can get paid to recycle bottlesin the form of refunding your deposit.

According to recent reports, there are more than 1,500 businesses in the Unites States that are operating in the plastic recycling industry. That number continues to rise and has nearly tripled in recent years. Since these companies are so prevalent, many are willing to pick up your recyclable plastics to help defray their costs further down the line.

If you lack curbside recycling programs, search online (the EPA’s web site is a great resource) and write community leaders urging them to get their act together.

How are Plastics Recycled?

Most common household plastics we use on a regular basis are whisked off to recycling centers where they undergo a fairly straightforward process. While the ways in which various types of plastics may differ from one center to another, most follow this format:

  • Separating Plastics by Type
  • Cleaning & Disinfecting Plastic Containers
  • Grinding up Plastic Flakes
  • Melting Plastics Down & Reducing Them to Elements
  • The Born Again Plastics

1.) Separating Plastics by Type
it all starts with separating the plastic containers according to the resins that they’re made of… We’ll have more on these resins a bit later in the article. Most of this sorting is done mechanically in today’s larger recycling plants.

2.) Cleaning & Disinfecting Plastic Containers
Once separated, plastic containers must be disinfected and thoroughly cleaned. Ever seen what happens when tomato sauce sits in a plastic container too long? The surface of the plastics actually begin to absorb the sauce, causing discoloring and a nasty film.

This is a great example of how bacteria and contaminants can stick to plastic containers – and speaks to the necessity of having them thoroughly cleaned.

3.) Grinding up Plastic Flakes
Since the plastics are now in all shapes and sizes, there needs to be some degree of consistency. This is why recycling plants now chop up and grind plastic containers into very small pieces.

These pieces can now be further cleaned if needed, and ultimately end up getting ready for a very hot transformation…

4.) Melting Plastics Down & Reducing Them to Elements
A large furnace now awaits our plastic materials, and it’s only goal is to get them so hot – that they’re melted into a liquid consistency for seperation. Immediately after they reach this near boiling point, machines begin separating the materials down to the element level and storing them for later use.

5.) The Born Again Plastics
Finally, the plastics we once relied on have become ready to re-enter our lives in the form of new packaging or products. With so many technological advancements in the recycling industries, it’s not uncommon to see your old water bottle re-emerge as a soda bottle, a plastic piece of lawn furniture or even fibers in the very clothes you wear.

Why Are Plastics Numbered for Recycling?

The vast majority of plastic products now feature a number inside of an arrowed triangle. Here is an example of what these codes look like:

Plastic Recycling Resin Codes

Familiar, right? These are called plastic resin codes.

These resin codes are critically important to the recycling process though – which is why it’s so important for recycling centers to properly sort out their materials before beginning the process.

These are the common plastic resin codes we encounter daily:

  • #1 – PETE, or “Polyethylene Terephthalate” Plastics
  • #2 – HDPE, or “High Density Polyethylene” Plastics
  • #3 – PVC, V – or “Vinyl” Plastics
  • #4 – LDPE, or “Low Density Polyethylene” Plastics
  • #5 – PP, or “Polypropylene” Plastics
  • #6 – PS, or “Polystyrene” Plastics
  • #7 – Other Plastics

#1 – PETE, or “polyethylene terephthalate”
PETE is the most common resin code you’re likely to see. It’s used in soda and water bottles and a number of common containers like microwavable cooking trays.

When recycled, these products are normally used for threaded plastic applications like fleece, carrying bags and backpacks, and carpeting. In some cases they may be recycled into other containers, but that’s less common.

#2 – HDPE, or “high density polyethylene”
HDPE is similar to PETE, but found in more rugged containers like those used for detergents, shampoo bottles, quarts of oil and some heavier trash bags.

Because of their rigidity, recycled HDPE can be used in new bottling applications, high density plastic pipes and more recently, synthetic lumber materials.

#3 – PVC, V – or “vinyl”
PVC can be found in the form of piping, the insulation on wires, and some rugged materials like vinyl siding, replacement windows and even medical equipment.

Sadly, PVC is one of the more difficult materials to recycle. While most curbside pickup programs will haul these plastics away for you, many still end up being discarded. Those that are recycled tend to be used in newer plastic lumber facilities.

The dangers in recycling PVC are because the plastic contains a large amount of chlorine. When recycled or remanufactured, it can lead to the release of hihgly dangerous toxins.

#4 – LDPE, or “low density polyethylene”
Durable but flexible, LDPE is used for these applications and many others like plastic shopping bags ,frozen food containers and packages and even in some clothing.

Like vinyl though, recycling LDPE may be difficult. Again, most pickup services will take these plastics away for you now – but in the past that wasn’t the case. For future applications, LDPE can be used in new trash bins, plastic lumber materials and plastic bins used for storage.

#5 – PP, or “polypropylene”
Every time you use a squeezable ketchup bottle, you’re likely using a polypropylene container. Polypropylenes are often used for yogurt containers, maple syrup bottles, condiments, bottle caps and medicine bottles. Since polypropylene has a high melting point, it is often used for containing materials that may be too hot for other forms of plastics.

Commonly recycled, these materials often transform into very durable materials like cafeteria trays, light casing, brushes, lawn maintenance equipment (like rakes and brooms) and bins.

#6 – PS, or “polystyrene”
This is where the vast majority of disposable plates, cups, trays and containers come into play. Often, they’re referred to as “foam plates” because of their light, but rigid form. Styrofoam, a trademarked term, refers to a form of polystyrene.

Often recycled, these materials can be used to later create more foam packaging products and insulation materials.

#7 – Other Plastics
Most #7 plastics aren’t recycled, although they are quite common in our lives. DVDs, ipod and phone cases, store signs, and even plexiglass and bulletproof materials can all be constructed using type 7 plastics.

When accepted for recycling, these materials are usually limited to futures as plastic lumber material or for other, specialty applications.

Plastic Recycling Facts

Available on the EPA’s web site, here are some facts about plastics you should be aware of…

  • In 2007, the United States generated almost 14 million tons of plastics in the MSW stream as containers and packaging, almost 7 million tons as non-durable goods, and about 10 million tons as durable goods.
  • The total amount of plastics in MSW—almost 31 million tons—represented 12.1 percent of total MSW generation in 2007.
  • The amount of plastics generation in MSW has increased from less than 1 percent in 1960 to 12.1 percent in 2007.
  • Plastics are a rapidly growing segment of the MSW stream. The largest category of plastics are found in containers and packaging (e.g., soft drink bottles, lids, shampoo bottles), but they also are found in durable (e.g., appliances, furniture) and non-durable goods (e.g., diapers, trash bags, cups and utensils, medical devices).
  • Plastics also are found in automobiles, but recycling of these materials is counted separately from the MSW recycling rate.

Need More Information?

If you’d like more information on plastics, please see the American Chemistry Council and the Society of the Plastics Industry web sites. You can also comment on this resource below to encourage a healthy social discussion on the various topics surrounding plastics and recycling.

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7 Quick Tips for a Greener, Less Expensive Home

7 Quick Tips for a Greener, Less Expensive Home

When the economy is challenged, rallying support for a good and charitable cause becomes difficult. While the world looks to recover from difficult economic times, we all find ourselves being more cautious with how we spend our money.

No matter the state of the economy though, our planet continues to feel the impacts of climate change, global warming and poor energy consumption practices.

And, while saving the planet may seem secondary to saving money – we’re here to show you that keeping a greener home is not only good for the environment, but it’s good for your wallet, too.

1.) Change Five Lightbulbs in Your Home
Replacing conventional light bulbs in your home is a very simple thing to do, right? If every home in America replaced five conventional bulbs with ENERGY STAR bulbs, we could prevent the greenhouse gas equivalent to the emissions from more than 9 million automobiles.

2.) Using ENERGY STAR Products
Buying new things isn’t a great way to save money. When it comes time to replace something though, be sure to weigh all of your options including products that bear the ENERGY STAR logo. From computer monitors and dishwashers to light bulbs and windows – ENERGY STAR represents an opportunity for you to conserve energy, reduce greenhouse gasses and air pollution.

3.) Heat and Cool Your Home Wisely
Modern thermostats with programmable schedules allow most home owners to have a comfortable home that conserves fuel and energy use. If you think you’re paying too much to heat and cool your home, be sure to look into these options and have your equipment serviced regularly. Replacing filters and choosing the right equipment like high effeciency models that are properly sized and installed will go a long way for you. Quick fact… ENERGY STAR reports that the average American household can save more than $180 per year by switching to a programmable unit.

4.) Insulating Your Home
Sealing air leaks and adding more insulation to your home is a great do-it-yourself project for most homeowners. Since most homes have the worst leaks in the attic or basement, installing insulation tends to be easy because of the accesability of both places. Other areas where its common to find faulty insulation are around door and window frames, or alongheating ducts.

5.) Using Green Power Sources

Electricity doesn’t have to be carried to your home frmo large corporations over wires and poles. Many renewable sources for electricity such as solar and wind power are affordable and offered as alternatives to conventional energy. Or, if you’re motivated – you can take advantage of renewable energy incentives in your state or country and install solar panels, windmills or hydroelectric producers on your own property. In some cases, if you produce an excess of energy – you can even sell your unused power back to the electric companies!

6.) Taking Care of Your Yard and Property
While buzzing around in a riding lawn mower may seem fun, it’s not only expensive – it’s bad for the environment – and your waist line! Push mowers without motors may require a little more effort, but the rewards are plenty. In addition to getting some excercise, you can maintain your yard without hurting the envinroment at all. If you’re forced to use a traditional lawn mower though, look into one that has mulching function to reduce grass clippings. These clippings can either be left in the lawn to help rejuvinate the soil with nutrients, or, you can use it to compost yard and food waste on your property – which goes a long way in keeping our landfills clean and planet greener.

7.) Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
We’ve all heard it before, but “reduce, reuse, and recycle” is an excellent lifestyle to practice. Think twice before you throw garbage away… Can that bottle, can, jar or bag be recycled?  Do you need to keep home electronics plugged in when they’re not in use? What about all that water you use… could you be more frugal with it? For many – the answer is yes, but that’s nothing to feel guilty about. If you actively think about reducing your conumption, reusing materials and recycling goods to be used again – you’re not only heling the environment, but also helping to keep costs lower for any number of ammenities in life.

Do you have a tip that you think would make for a great article here on EcoWorld? Be sure to comment below and let our editors know! Please spread the word, too to help make our planet a greener place to live!

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Make Money By Recycling Electronic Waste

As the use of technology increase a new kind waste also increase; electronic waste. Computers, cell phones, mp3 players, and even DVDs are all considered electronic waste. The problem with recycling electronic waste is how to do so properly with out causing more waste in both domestic and foreign landfills.

A new method of recycling electronic waste is by giving it to specialty companies that will exchange money for the waste. These companies will collect different types of waste, inspect, and either re-certify the product for sale in secondary markets or properly dispose of the item. This saves the consumer time and puts money back in their pockets for handling their electronic waste correctly.

YouRenew.com is a company that specializes in recycling electronic waste and frequently promote their services outside of Apple, Inc.’s flag ship store in New York City. Founders Bob Casey and Rich Littlehale believe that they can help curb e-waste by offering incentives and ease of disposal services to consumers looking to get rid of their unused electronics.

Visit the following link for more information on electronic waste recycling and YouRenew’s services.

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Television Screens Recycled In To Medicine

Scientist at the University of York have made recent discovers that could take discarded televisions screens and recycle them in to new medicine. The key chemical compound found in these screens is known as polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), which is usually incinerated along with the TV screens in landfills.

New methods in recovering PVA from these screens helps transform the compound in to a form that is usable in medical dressings, pill coating, and even tissue scaffolds.

With 2.5 billion liquid crystal displays already reaching the end of their life, and LCD televisions proving hugely popular with consumers, that is a huge amount of potential waste to manage.

To read more about the microwave based technologies that have been developed to extract PVA from television screens, please read the full article.

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Metro Detroit Rolls Out Curbside Recycling

Recycling just became easier for residence in the Metro Detroit area. The city now offers a curbside program that allows a person to offer up unsorted recyclables in exchange for gift cards. RecycleBank and the city of Detroit have teamed up to offer and incentive based recycling program that cuts down on traffic to the landfills and the amount of waste that is not being properly disposed.

The program is simple and hopes to stimulate recycling practices in almost 70% of the current households in the programs area and have high hopes of including apartments and businesses by the end of the year.

Officials haven’t calculated an estimated savings in landfill fees using the single-stream recycling program, which allows participants to dump all recyclables into one bin to put at the curb.

Click here to read the full article on Metro Detroit’s newly implemented curbside recycling program.

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Eco-Fiber: The Full Package

Most of the trash that accumulates so quickly is made up of packaging. This makes sense when every item at the grocery store, every new piece of equipment and every toy is safely encased in the cardboard boxes we have gotten so accustomed to. The Integrated Waste Management Board states that of all the solid waste that pours into landfills every year, a third is made up of packaging.

Most boxes are made from wax coated wood pulp. Unfortunately, wax boxes are non-recyclable and non-pulpable which means they go straight to the dump after being used. It is also too costly for retailers that do use boxes to separate these non-recyclable boxes from old corrugated containers so everything gets sent to the landfill.

Eco-Fiber, a San Francisco based packaging company, provides a solution. Their packaging is designed to work better than any wax-coated box, and Eco-Fiber’s products are perfectly adequate for use in a refrigerator, freezer, printer, wallet etc. Their homepage explains that “Eco-Fiber Solutions manufactures competitively priced corrugated, water resistant products that are sustainable, repulpable and recyclable. Based on tested and proven packaging technology, all Eco-Fiber designed products perform as well or better than their waxed coated counterparts. These products are suitable for use in field packaging, for refrigerated and/or freezer conditions and for multiple applications where water resistant packaging is required. Further the packaging can be laminated and is printable”

This produce tray from Eco-Fiber resists fluid
migration, has rigid construction, is easily
stackable, and can be recycled.
(Photo: Eco-Fiber Solutions)

One of Eco-Fiber’s specialty packages can even replace the popular Styrofoam cooler. Their Eco-cooler is easily put together without any glue or staples.

The item arrives flat, but once put together, this water resistant cardboard box works as well as any other cooler. In fact, it is quoted for “indefinite use”. Best of all, it is recyclable, repulpable and biodegradable.

Their other products, like the Eco-bond, is also put together without any glue or staples but still allows for some tough jobs: During the 2008 Boston International Sea Food Show, the corrugated boxes were introduced to one of the toughest markets: Fish and protein retailers require heavy-duty, leak proof and hygienic packaging. Eco-Fiber’s box didn’t just hold up to the freshly caught crab, fish, and scallops, but also the masses of ice that were slid into the boxes first. In the associated press release, CEO Robert VonFelden is quoted saying that their new box is “the answer to the increasingly untenable waste-disposal problem facing supermarkets and large retailers…and the cost is comparable and often times less than wax-based packaging. This technology is not tied to petroleum prices as is wax. Waxed corrugates will only continue climb in production and disposal costs.”

Sometimes the best part about a product really is the packaging.

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Bedminster – Digesting Waste

All organisms have the amazing ability to process all kinds of substances that enter their bodies-separating food into smaller components to be absorbed in the blood stream as energy, while the useless particles are eventually excreted. Our bodies try and make the most out of everything that passes through, turning any possible nutrient into a useful component. Food and minerals entering the body are transformed into proteins, energy or the ever popular; fat. Bedminster Industries named an integral part of their patented carbon-reducing technology the ‘digester’ that separates garbage into non-renewable waste and carbon-rich compost, thus mirroring the effect of any digestive system.

According to their homepage, Bedminster Bio-Conversion (1970 to 1999) and Bedminster AB (1999 to 2003) developed the Bedminster Technology as a waste to compost solution for municipalities in the USA, Australia and Japan.

Garbage arrives at a facility and is transferred to the Bedminster Digester. The Digester dutifully separates this waste into non-biodegradable and biodegradable portions. Just like any digestive process, the Bedminster Digester first breaks down the biodegredable materials with the help of natural enzymes and mechanical motions. It takes about two days for the final biomass (or compost) material to form. The output materials then run over a sifter (or trommel) where the smaller compost materials easily pass through the grid while the unchanged materials,such as bottles, plastic bags, and other non-biodegradable items, are too large to do the same. The materials that fall through the trommel are called “unders”.

Bedminster explains that “the now homogenized organic rich “Unders” are formed into windrows in the fully enclosed Maturation Hall. Here the material spends 21 days being aerated and systematically turned. Monitoring ensures that the material is turned at least 3 times at no less than 2 days intervals attaining a minimum temperature of 60°C (140°F) between turnings to ensure that the final compost is fully sanitized.” A final screening stage occurs where a vibrating screen removes any inorganic particles like pebbles and glass and a magnet separates out the metals for further recycling.

The digester is extremely efficient, separating 95% of the biomass found in the delivered waste. By diverting this waste from landfills, Bedminster reduces greenhouse gas emissions and obviously ensures that precious energy isn’t wasted. Energy generated by the facility is also sold and offsets the CO2 generated at a power-plant: The biogas formed in the digester when the biomass is heated is stored in tanks and fed to turbines and engines that power electrical generators.

Companies like Bedminster are increasingly successful in a world where fuel is a valuable resource and environmentally friendly alternatives appeal to investors.

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Mohawk-Yarn From Plastic

Companies are looking to landfills to make their products more “green” by using recycled materials that would otherwise end up wasted. Trucks overflowing with plastics, glass or rubber bring the products to companies instead of dumps. (Ideally these trucks would also run on the biofuel created by the landfill, but that’s another story.) Recycled glass, for example, is used to create exotic mosaic tiles that can outlast any comparable material. The Mohawk group, a leader in the flooring industry, has chosen to work with plastics and rubber, both of which are incorporated into their carpets, rugs, vinyl and other home products.

Mohawk prides itself on being green and putting a dent in landfills. A nifty calculator placed on their homepage shows viewers how much of a difference Mohawk has made in the few seconds it’s taken to glance at their page. In a little less than a minute the numbers whizzing by denote that:

• 2700 PET bottles have been recycled into carpet yarn
• 31 pounds of tires have been recycled into door mats
• 3100 pounds of waste were diverted from the landfill

Quoted from their site; “Everything we do at Mohawk is green. We’re the largest recycler in the flooring industry, a net purchaser of waste, and leader in green technologies and innovations.”

In Nov, 2007, Mohawk unveiled their greenworks center in Chicago. In a press release they described the unique recycling model: “GreenWorks Center is the first of its kind to not only process all major types of synthetic carpet fiber — accounting for 90 percent of the nation’s post-consumer carpet waste — but also the only recycling program to recover 90 percent of those materials into useable products…GreenWorks Center will process 100 percent of the carpet it receives, including fiber, backing and latex. It will also manage a variety of thermoplastic non-carpet recyclables, helping to further minimize the amount of carpet that finds its way to the landfills”

Mohawk’s impressive accomplishments since the introduction of greenworks include:

• the design of a carpet tile, free of PVC, that is 100% recyclable
• 3 billion PET bottles and cans recycled into fiber per year
• 30 million pounds of crumb rubber (from tires) diverted from landfills per year

Customers have the opportunity to choose from countless designs and as an additional incentive to buyers, 25 cents is donated to breast cancer research per square yard of carpet bought

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