Mohawk Wins Recycling Award

Mohawk Industries has won a GPEC 2009 Recycling Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers!

The award, mohawklogo1to be presented during the Global Plastics Environmental Conference in Orlando, recognizes companies that have created innovative ways to address recycling challenges for plastic materials. Mohawk was given its award in the category of “carpet/flooring/wallcoverings.” Mohawk was recognized for its GreenWorks Center, a recycling facility that can recycle all major types of synthetic carpet. Mohawk GreenWorks Center is unique in that it can process not just nylon 6 but also nylon 6.6 and polypropylene. What’s more, the Mohawk GreenWorks Center uses patent pending technology to process 100% of the carpet-fiber, backing, and latex-and recover approximately 90% of all materials. The GreenWorks facility is also easily replicated, so it can go to the carpet, which makes recycling more feasible. It can be scaled for the amount of material that needs to be processed. The GreenWorks Center also has the capability to process certain thermoplastic non-carpet recyclables, which makes it even more attractive to recycling companies. Most importantly, though, is that with this system, almost no carpet materials go into landfills. “We are greatly appreciative of this particular award because it is recognition from the specialists around the world tasked with solving industrial environmental challenges,” said Frank Endrenyi, Vice President, Sustainable Development. “We’re very pleased that our technology was singled out as an example by this group of technical experts.” Mohawk has been working for years with the carpet industry’s C.A.R.E. (Carpet America Recovery Effort) initiative to develop new ways of approaching the challenge of what to do with old carpet. The Mohawk GreenWorks Center is an answer to this challenge. The Mohawk GreenWorks Center is now open in Chatsworth, GA, but because the plants can be built anywhere, recyclers can keep costs down by being close to any GreenWorks processing center. Mohawk Industries has taken a leadership role in environmental issues through its GreenWorks program, an “umbrella” program that places all green projects under a single platform for customers and shareholders. Mohawk Industries has literally hundreds of environmentally-oriented projects in the works at any given time. These range from internal efforts to cut emissions at a single plant, to the industry’s largest recycling project that converts as much as one-quarter of all the recycled soft drink and water bottles sold in North America into carpet fiber. Mohawk is the largest recycler in the flooring industry. Mohawk currently diverts more than three billion pounds of pre- and post-consumer waste from landfills, and this number continues to grow. More than 500 Mohawk products—carpet, carpet tiles, cushion, laminates, and ceramic tile—contain recycled materials. Recycled materials come from Mohawk processes and from a range of other products, including old tires, roofing materials, old wood furniture, soft drink bottles, carpet, and others sources. To learn more about Mohawk GreenWorks, visit the company’s website devoted exclusively to Mohawk green projects: www.mohawkgreenworks.com.

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