DALTON, GA – Tandus Flooring is the first to provide the industry with a fully certified reclamation center. The Tandus Flooring Environmental Center, recognized as the first closed-loop reclamation center for flooring, is now certified through Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), and is the first of its kind anywhere. This prestigious certification was created in early 2010 to recognize leading organizations for their efficient and effective handling of materials, diverting waste from landfills and helping to reduce the amount of virgin materials consumed in manufacturing.
The certification will shape the industry and the confidence among owners and specifiers concerning the process and inventory of reclaimed materials. Certification of the Tandus Flooring Environmental Center is the only reclamation center guaranteed to conform with Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Guides for the Use of Environmental Claims.
Architects and designers as well as owners can now require that materials produced through a certified reclamation center conform with LEED “Material and Resources” criteria for recycled content in building products and meet material classification requirements of the SCS Recycled Content Certification. Further, control of quantitative claims regarding material diverted from landfills and the ratio of useable material to waste sent to landfills, incineration or permanent storage, will now be transparent to the industry.
Tandus Flooring was the first in the industry to launch a closed-loop recycling system in 1994—the last year the company sent any manufacturing waste to a landfill or incinerator. Since then, the company has reclaimed and recycled more than 170 million pounds of flooring and manufacturing waste back into flooring which includes that of its competitors. Tandus Flooring recycles for the industry, with more than 60 percent of product reclaimed and diverted from landfills or incineration is not original Tandus Flooring product. Floor products produced through reclamation are identified as ER3® products. This uninterrupted process produces more than 8 million square feet of ER3 products annually, making Tandus Flooring the largest producer of recycled flooring in the industry.
“The innovative spirit of our company has led to some great accomplishments in the area of sustainability," says Glen Hussmann, president and CEO, Tandus Flooring. "Because of the enormous amount of confusion in our industry regarding environmental claims, we will continue to invest the necessary time and resources to provide customers with third-party certification regarding the environmental aspects of our processes and products."
More than 200 employee hours have been dedicated to data collection, meetings with SCS auditors and submission of detailed information for the rigorous requirements for the SCS certification. To maintain the certification, Tandus Flooring must demonstrate continued conformance with the Standard set by SCS, and will be audited on an annual basis both internally and externally.
"We have a rich heritage of innovation with many ‘firsts’ to our credit," adds Hussmann. "We're proud to be the first in our industry to have our recycling facilities SCS certified."
About Tandus Flooring
Tandus Flooring (www.tandus.com) creates innovative floor covering solutions through our unique product line of Powerbond®, modular tile, broadloom and woven products that work in tandem to enhance spaces for learning, working, healing and living. Through inspired design and leading-edge technology, Tandus Flooring offers its customers a single-source for innovative product design and technology, comprehensive services, and environmental leadership. For more than 40 years, Tandus Flooring has been examining all the ways to be a better corporate citizen and environmental steward—and then taking actions that lead to demonstrable, meaningful, quantifiable results.
About Scientific Certification Systems
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a global leader in independent verification of environmental and social claims made by companies. For more than 25 years, SCS has helped thousands of clients thrive by offering a scientific approach to unbiased, third-party assessments.