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Nov 25 18

Athyron LLC Launches Miura Board™ “The Most Durable 100% Recycled Alternative to Wood and Plastic”

By Chief Solutionist

Kountze, TX, November 13, 2018 –(PR.com)– Athyron LLC is proud to announce the launch of Miura Board™: the most durable 100% recycled alternative to wood and plastic, containing 50% carpet backing from recycling operations. This highly scalable technology has the potential to significantly reduce the stream of carpet currently being disposed of in the nation’s dwindling landfills.

Miura Board™ can be made in a wide range of formulations, from as little as 10% carpet backing to as high as 70%, depending on the desired properties of the finished product. It’s literally possible to “tune” the finished product on a scale of rigidity and surface smoothness. The color can be controlled by adding pigments or by pre-selecting the plastic scrap according to color. The continuous extrusion and lamination allow for any desired length while the thickness can be adjusted between 1/4” and 2.”

Miura Board™ is a novel material at the intersection of plastics, metals, and wood. It exhibits remarkable properties such as , better strength than conventional plastics, improved abrasion resistance, reduced thermal expansion, sound insulation properties, and resistance to crystallization at low temperatures. In addition, it can be itself recycled 100%.

Miura Board™ can be nailed, drilled, cut, routed, and sanded just like wood; however, it can also be water jet, laser cut and welded like metal, which opens up enormous opportunities in the siding, decking, reusable concrete forming, and marine applications.

Unlike common WPCs (wood-plastic composites), Miura Board™ contains no wood or any other organic ingredients susceptible to fungal attack. For this reason, it does not require to be capped. This results in greatly increased durability and resistance to abrasion and impact, making it ideal for heavy traffic outdoor applications, high humidity coastal and tropical environments, as well as in harsh winter conditions. It will not swell, crack, splinter, split, or delaminate, and is unaffected by termites, fungi, etc.

The innovative and proprietary technology making this possible hails from Brazil, where it’s been in use for over 14 years. Athyron was granted an exclusive license for the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Miura Board™ is manufactured in Athyron LLC’s new facility located in Kountze, TX.

The technology boasts crucial environmental advantages, in particular, it does not consume any water nor does it create any effluents. It does not require the addition of adhesives or catalysts, and is robust in terms of the types of thermoplastics that can be used: even commingled or contaminated plastic scrap containing cardboard, aluminum foil, minerals, or wood is processable.

Athyron plans to first add additional production lines at its Kountze, TX location and then partner with strategic investors and manufacturers to rapidly expand by opening multiple plants located in close proximity to abundant sources of plastic scrap or carpet backing or both.

Apr 22 15

Happy Earth Day from Texas Carpet Recycling – Free Sample Pick Up and Residential Drop Off This Week

By Chief Solutionist

Proposed at a UNESCO conference in 1969 by peace activist John McConnell, Earth Day is a celebration of our planet and world peace, a lofty but very worthwhile goal.  The first Earth Day in 1970 brought over 20 million people together in over two earth daythousand colleges, ten thousand primary and secondary schools and hundreds of communities. In 1990, Earth Day involved over 200 million people in over 140 countries.  Today, over 1 billion people in over 192 countries will be involved in what is now the largest secular holiday in the world.

Corporate Floors and Texas Carpet Recycling celebrate Earth Day this year by offering free, single family homeowner carpet recycling this week for any carpet dropped off at our warehouse, plus they can also win a pregnancy wedge pillow set. Commercially, we are offering free carpet sample pickup for any architect or design firm so they can use these carpets to decorate any house, along with the best glow decoration you can find at this review online. Although some of these carpets are used in other circumstances as well, like in garage or an entry to a garden which is perfect for a perfect garden along with other decoration or accessories like a heather from thegardeninghub.com.

We hope that your day is filled with a little more peace than you expect and everyone has some time to appreciate this beautiful world we all borrow from our children.

 

 

Feb 27 15

Texas Recycling Data Initiative Results are In!

By Chief Solutionist
The article below was created by STAR (State of Texas Alliance for Recycling)
About TRDI
The Texas Recycling Data Initiative (TRDI) is a study that quantifies the amount of recycling that occurred in Texas in 2013 and establishes a baseline recycling rate to measure future progress.
The study utilized a voluntary, collaborative, and confidential approach to gather data from hundreds of processors and end users of recyclable material generated in Texas, making it the first of its kind in the state.
TRDI is led by a partnership between STAR and the Lone Star Chapter of the Texas Solid Waste Association of North America (TxSWANA), who started working on this groundbreaking effort in 2011.
The results from the TRDI report are intended to give Texas policy makers the information they need to examine the economic, environmental, and policy issues of interest to Texas businesses, citizens, and governmental agencies.
Speaking of results… 
So what did the TRDI study find? You can download the report in its entirety using this link, but to give you a quick synopsis, TRDI found that:

  • More than 6 million tons of material from municipal solid waste (MSW) sources was recycled (sold to market as feedstock to create new products) in 2013 (see the breakdown of recyclable material by commodity below)
  • Based on the tons of MSW recycled as measured by the TRDI survey, and state disposal data, the baseline MSW recycling rate calculated by TRDI for 2013 is 18.9 percent
  • TRDI estimates that more than 12,500 Texas jobs are supported by processing materials recovered from the MSW stream to prepare them for use by recycling manufacturers (not including collection, transportation, and manufacturing)
  • TRDI found that nearly 555,000 tons of curbside collected recyclable material was processed in 2013, equating to an annual average of around 500 pounds per household

Outreach and Media Coverage
Since this is new and exciting information for Texas, we’ve been trying to get the word out to as many folks as possible. We celebrated the release of the report with legislators, industry, municipal, and regulatory representatives on February 4th in Austin with a luncheon presentation of the results, followed by a facilitated discussion about future TRDIstudies. The discussion identified a few action items and outcomes that will make TRDI stronger in the future, including: a sustainable funding source, an expanded scope of commodities, and more robust correlative information to economic and environmental impacts.
We had a press release go out last week that has been picked up byMSW Management Magazine and Power Engineering Magazine, as well as an article that was run in the Resource Recycling Plastics Update. We were also on Fox 7 Austin talking about the findings (click to watch!), as well as the Shades of Green radio show (click to listen!). Is your local newspaper looking to run a press release on TRDI? If so, let Sara Nichols know and we can help make that happen!
 
TRDI Results Presentation Webinar
If you missed out on the results presentation and report release on February 4th in Austin, then you’re in luck! Join Maia Corbitt, STAR’s Executive Director, and Scott Pasternak, senior project manager for Burns & McDonnell, on March 2nd at 2 p.m. CT for a webinar that will cover the methodology of how TRDI was conducted and what information the report contains about what recycling is occurring in Texas.
Click here to register for this free webinar, and feel free to share the registration link with friends and colleagues. Help us get the word out that recycling means investing in Texas!

Jan 28 15

CARE Board meeting hosted at Texas Carpet Recycling

By Chief Solutionist

The January 2015 Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) Board meeting was hosted by Texas Carpet Recycling today in advance of the 2015 CARE Entrepreneur meeting which is being held at the Doubletree Hilton DFW Airport on January 28th.  The CARE Board of Directors, made up of various industry professionals and executives meetings quarterly to advance the mission of CARE which is to aid in finding and promoting market based solutions for recycled carpet.  The CARE board also spent a half day Monday in a strategic planning session developing a five year plan as the organization’s responsibilities and oversight have grown to manage funds over $15M.

With over 40 industry professionals attending the entrepreneur meeting this year, the primary topic of interest will be the roll out of the new Voluntary Product Stewardship Program, rolled out by CARE in December, don’t forget to get in your sleeping hours with the backrest pillow for bed before attending. For more information on the meeting you can go here. 

Dec 29 14

Carpet Industry Introduces new Voluntary Product Stewardship Program

By Chief Solutionist

CARE and the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) are excited to announce a Voluntary Product Stewardship (VPS) Program to assist sorters of post-consumer carpet diverted from the nation’s landfills.

The VPS Program is market-based and designed to accept and manage all applicable post-consumer carpet, regardless of polymer type or primary materials or construction. The Program will provide financial assistance to qualified U.S. Sorters who divert post-consumer carpet.

“CRI is pleased to offer financial support for the VPS Program,” said Dan Frierson, Chairman of the Board of CRI. “Our members are participating voluntarily as part of our government relations activities, and have committed $4.5 million for the program’s the initial year. The VPS Program will be a bridge for sorters as new technologies and applications are developed to increase market driven demand for all post-consumer carpet.”

CARE will act as the stewardship organization for the VPS Program. Since 2002, CARE members have diverted more than 3.25 billion pounds of carpet from U.S. landfills.

“The VPS Program is the key next step in our mission to divert more carpet from U.S. landfills,” said Brendan McSheehy, CARE’s Chairman of the Board. “Sorters may use funds from the program to partner with their customers to divert carpet and recycle carpet back into useful consumer products, such as recycled carpet fiber, carpet cushion, broadloom, carpet tiles, and a wide range of plastic products.”

The VPS Program is scheduled for launch in January 2015. Sorters who qualify for financial assistance can expect to begin receiving funds by the end of June 2015.

Sorters may qualify for funds by completing all required documents and submitting quarterly reports on their business results to CARE. The organization will be conducting a series of webinars beginning in December 2014 to help sorters understand the eligibility process.

For more information, visit the new VPS tab on CARE’s website.

Oct 15 13

Join USGBC at the Evolution of Construction and Demolition Recycling Seminar – For General Contractors

By Chief Solutionist

Texas Carpet Recycling will be cosponsoring an event held by The North Texas Chapter of USGBC and the Greater Dallas Fort Worth Recycling Alliance are hosting a C&D Recycling Seminar that is not to be missed.  Panel Speakers and educators will provide overviews of how current C&D recycling trends affect construction projects with LEED goals in mind.  This seminar is designed for General Contractors in mind so Project Managers, Estimators and Superintendents are encouraged to attend.  The last time this seminar was hosted was five years ago and over 100 attendees benefited.  Don’t miss out!

 

REGISTER HERE

Jun 24 12

Texas Carpet Recycling wins GDFWGRA Award for best recycling event

By Chief Solutionist

Texas Carpet Recycling was honored by the Greater Dallas FW Recycling Alliance for the best recycling event for 2011.  In the Fall of  2011, Texas Carpet Recycling was the event underwriter and logistical partner for the first annual ZeroLandfill recycling event in the DFW area.  ZeroLandfill is a national recycling event created originally by BeeDance productions.  ZeroLandfill’s goal is to help architects and designers clear out their sample rooms and libraries in an environmentally sustainable way.

 Traditionally, these libraries are cleared out and the samples are thrown away.  Carpet, tile, laminates, binders, ceramic, stone, glass and a plethora of other products are accumulated in these A&D firms at a prodigious rate.  The products, being individual samples are traditionally hard to recycle.  Manufacturers that offer free recycling of their materials require that the product be shipped back, resulting in increased carbon emissions.

 Innovative/unique aspect of the event
 The two principles that drive ZeroLandfill are:

  1. Interior designers and architects have expired specification samples.
  2. Artists and arts educators have material needs for artwork and classroom projects.

What makes ZeroLandfill unique is how it got the A&D and Arts community involved to solve their related issues.  Volunteers from the International Interior Design Association worked together with volunteers from Texas Carpet Recycling to set up three collection points at the American Airlines Center.  During these three Fridays, architects and interior design firms across the metroplex dropped off their various samples, etc and it was trucked back to TCR’s warehouse in Grapevine, TX where it was weighed.

Each Saturday following a drop off, volunteers from TCR, Corporate Floors, Shaw and IIDA decended upon Texas Carpet Recycling to sort all the samples by product type.  The typical day has 20-30 volunteers working tirelessly to rip carpet samples from books, stack stone samples, and empty binders.

During these same Saturdays, ads were placed, schools were notified and the creative community was invited to pick up materials for their use. There is joy and energy in the room as materials are discovered, projects are imagined and new connections are made. The materials are used for art projects, home renovation and other educational uses.

 Significant accomplishments and how accomplishments impacted others
 Over 34,500 lbs of samples were diverted from landfill. This is over 96% of all the material collected from the A&D firms.

  1. Over a dozen different schools were represented by their art teachers.
  2. As art classes are being de-funded across the state due to budget cuts, finding ways for teachers to supply their students with materials is increasingly important. Almost 100% of all the material diverted was used by art educators for their students.

 Volunteer contribution
Texas Carpet Recycling supplied all trucking, warehouse labor and space for ZeroLandfill Dallas and has committed to doing the same in 2012.

 Partnership involvement
ZeroLandfill worked closely with Shaw, IIDA, BeeDance Productions and WilsonArt. Committee members were from Gensler, TCR, Perkins Will and Shaw.

 Number of people reached
ZeroLandfill reached over a dozen schools and the entire A&D community in the D/FW region in addition to the general public using PR, Facebook, the web, email blasts and craigslist ads.

Measurable metrics, i.e. yards or weight
 Over 34,500 lbs of sample material that would normally be thrown away were diverted from landfill and used in various art projects and classrooms.

 

 

Nov 16 11

Texas Carpet Recycling wins STAR Award

By Chief Solutionist

From Floor Covering News!

Texas Carpet Recycling, a subsidiary of Corporate Floors, was recognized as a leader in recycling and sustainability at the 2011 State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) Leadership Awards.

The Rick Fuszek Memorial Award is given to the business that “shows leadership among staff, peers, and/or co-workers; has a commitment to recycling above and beyond the scope of job responsibilities, and displays significant accomplishments in recycling and how those accomplishments impact others,” noted Mala Corbitt, STAR’s director. Accepting the award for Texas Carpet Recycling was the company’s president and CEO, Thomas Holland.

http://www.fcnews.net/2011/11/texas-carpet-wins-sustainability-award/#respond

Nov 16 11

All about VCT Recycling

By Chief Solutionist

Many ask how how VCT is recycled and what can be taken back. After all, VCT is typically in bad shape when it is removed from the floor of a job site. That’s ok! With our partnership with Tarkett, we can accept any VCT as long as it meets the receiving requirements as posted on our website.  In short, the product must be light in color, no dark colors or accent stripes and it must be free of black mastic and asbestos.   Regular adhesive is ok as Tarkett has an exclusive process to remove this adhesive in their process.  Also the VCT should not have any other debris attached.

So how does it work? Simply give us a call or fill out the reclamation price request form on our website.  Once we get the project registered and pricing approved, we will send you some Supersacks. These are large, very heavy duty sacks capable of holding up to 1,500 lbs each. Just have your crew put the sack on a pallet, fill it up and tie is off. Each sack should be labeled with the name of the job site, date and name of company removing the product.  Once you have all the pallets ready, we will come pick them up, you can drop them off or we can put a trailer on site!

VCT recycling is an important component of LEED certification as it is a heavy product so it contributes to the C&D recycling portion of your LEED calculation.   If you have any other questions about this, give us a call!