Construction Specialties (C/S), Lebanon, N.J., a commercial building product manufacturer, and Earth911 Inc., a company that supports the growth and goals of businesses and the information needs of consumers on topics relevant to recycling and low-waste, have jointly introduced Construction Specialties' Recycling Locator - the first such tool to address recycling solutions for commercial building products. The tool debuted at the 2013 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention in Denver and can be found at www.c-sgroup.com/corporate/recycling. The locator provides consumers with the information and resources necessary to conveniently recycle and properly dispose of materials.
C/S says the venture is one more confirmation of its environmental commitment to enhancing their manufacturing practices and advocating a circular economy. By adopting the Cradle to Cradle® philosophy, C/S says it understands the importance of designing products for disassembly and re-use, thereby closing the loop on their products' lifecycles. Because knowing where to recycle building materials involves locating proper disposal for less common and harder to recycle items, C/S worked closely with Earth911 to create its own custom-recycling search tool to address its customers' specific needs. This included identifying and verifying new facilities that would take C/S' materials in addition to utilizing Earth911's Recycling Directory.
Construction Specialties' personalized Recycling Locator allows users to be geolocated or they can enter their zip code to find the most convenient recycling center. The locator assists users in finding landfill alternatives for the following materials:
- Stainless steel
- Polyester curtains
- Mastic primer
- Mastic adhesive
"It's exciting to see Construction Specialties step out as a true leader and tackle the challenge to demystify recycling for the benefit of an entire manufacturing segment. Construction materials are definitely a category of material that sorely needs attention," says Corey Lambrecht, Earth911 president and COO. "The Recycling Locator is the most comprehensive solution to herald this change. We're thrilled to be a part of this first in the construction industry."
"We've been designing products with the Cradle to Cradle® goal in mind. Utilizing this tool can help to complete the lifecycle of used materials, preventing them from ending up in a landfill." says Howard Williams, vice president and general manager of C/S. "Now, we're implementing an essential piece of the upcycling puzzle, thanks to the help of Earth911. We're educating customers on where they can take their used materials to be recycled for future use."