Ceramic Industry

Owens Corning Advances Recycling, Sustainability (posted 11/19/09)

November 19, 2009
Owens Corning has made advancements in the use of recycled content, end-of-life solutions and recycling industry collaborations.

Owens Corning recently announced advancements in the use of recycled content, end-of-life solutions and collaboration with the recycling industry. Owens Corning Fiberglas® insulation products reportedly have the highest certified recycled content for fiberglass insulation in North America. With an additional 10% recycled content, Owens Corning residential and commercial insulation products in North America are now made of at least 50% recycled glass content. In addition to keeping glass out of landfills, using recycled content also helps reduce Owens Corning’s energy use and CO2 emissions, since melting recycled glass requires significantly less energy.

In addition, Owens Corning’s Cultured Stone® and ProStone® brands are the first manufactured stone veneer products to receive third-party validation for recycled content. UL Environment™ Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Underwriters Laboratories, provided the third-party testing and validation for a minimum 35% recycled content.

“One of the green product attributes that matters most is resource efficiency,” said Frank O'Brien-Bernini, Owens Corning’s chief sustainability officer. “This includes using recycled materials, producing products that can be practically recycled, and reducing energy and material use in manufacturing. As we work to green our operations and our products, we are finding ways to drive positive impact up and down the supply chain and in our communities through recycling efforts.”

A common roadblock to increasing recycling efforts can be a lack of recycling programs or technical reuse limitations. Owens Corning works closely with the recycling industry to remove barriers to keeping recyclable waste from going to landfills.

In addition to a strategic alliance with Heritage Environmental Services for shingle recycling, Owens Corning worked in Kansas City, Mo., to help create America’s first self-contained metropolitan recycling system. Through a strategic alliance, Owens Corning will purchase recycled glass from recycling processor Ripple Glass and use the recycled materials in its local facility to produce fiberglass insulation. Owens Corning is helping to keep glass out of landfills, eliminating the need to transport recycled glass hundreds of miles, and providing an opportunity for the local community to engage in recycling glass.

To learn more about Owens Corning sustainability efforts, including recycling, visit www.owenscorning.com/sustainability.