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.
All 53.5 million pounds of diverted material have been or will be recycled into feedstock to manufacture new tile, leading Crossville to maintain net waste consumption at its plants for a fourth consecutive year. Net waste consumption is achieved by using more waste than is created during production.
Through the aforementioned recycling initiatives, Crossville achieved the following in 2014:
- Ground and reused 6,040,062 pounds of fired scrap produced at the company’s plants that would have previously gone to landfills.
- Received and recycled 160,640 pounds of waste including scraps and post-consumer tile extracted from renovation projects (up from 87,411 pounds in 2013).
- Received and recycled 8,054,380 pounds of TOTO’s scrap porcelain—an increase of 765,520 pounds from 2013.
Since the Tile Take-Back launch in 2009, the company’s cumulative recycling totals include:
- More than 24 million pounds of fired scrap produced at Crossville’s plants.
- More than 460,000 pounds of scrap and post-consumer tile.
- More than 29 million pounds of scrap porcelain from TOTO USA.
Crossville officials note that amount of fired porcelain waste acquired from the marketplace as part of Tile Take-Back increased significantly in 2014, indicating increased support and participation from the company’s distribution network. Likewise, the amount of scrap porcelain from TOTO was up in 2014, further contributing to the yearly and cumulative totals.