Today is America Recycles Day … and at DaVinci Roofscapes we're doing our part!
We've invested in new equipment that reduces our scrap product overall. However, that still leaves approximately 800,000 pounds of polymer roofing tiles that we will recycle and reuse at our plant in Kansas this year. (See DaVinci Roofscapes Recycles 365 Days a Year)
Why so much waste? Because each time we "switch" to running a different color through our processing equipment (and remember, we have 50 colors!) there's a transition between the colors. Those transition tiles are off spec and are recycled. The composite roofing tiles are segregated by color and then ground up and molded into starter shingles, which are generally unseen on the roof.
"Because every roofing tile we create is 100 percent recyclable, our operations are extremely environmentally-friendly," says Bryan Ward, vice president of operations at DaVinci Roofscapes. "In 2016 we've taken our commitment to recycling a step further by investing in a new grinding recycling system that handles purge (melted chunks of polymer that can weigh approximately 50 pounds) as well as off spec product."
The smart recycling efforts taking place at our facility every day reduces the amount of waste being sent to landfills. By the end of 2016 we will have recycled almost three million pounds of processed polymer in six years. That's a lot of recycling … with some solid benefits for the environment.