Crossville Inc. recycled 23,447,883 lb. of fired porcelain in 2017, bringing the company’s cumulative recycling total to more than 114 million lb. 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. Now they are recycled for use in manufacturing new tile.
All 114 million-plus cumulative lb. of the recycled material Crossville has 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 seventh consecutive year. Net waste consumption is achieved by using more waste than is created during production.
Here’s s break-out of Crossville’s total of 23,447,883 lb. of fired porcelain recycled in 2017:
- 12,225,850 lb. fired scrap product at the company’s plant
- 7,825,860 lb. of TOTO’s scrap porcelain
- 105,684 lb. of post-consumer waste from the Tile Take-Back program
Additionally in 2017, Crossville removed 3,290,489 lb. of filtrate solids from dirty water and recycled back into tile production.