Dallas, TX – April 9, 2018 – As an organization, Dal-Tile is committed to identifying ways to improve processes and implement sustainable initiatives that will reduce their impact on the environment. This past year, the company furthered their sustainability efforts by developing and implementing the first-ever “mobile tile crusher” for use at three of their production facilities.
“While 97 percent of our manufactured floor tile meets our high quality standards, three percent does not, leading to waste,” said Robert Hurt, director of environmental, health, and sustainability services for Dal-Tile Corporation. “A team was engaged to determine a way to efficiently crush and recycle scrap tile, without which a facility would never be able to achieve our Zero Landfill initiative. To limit the environmental impact of this waste, we developed the mobile tile crusher – a crusher that travels to three of our locations on a routine schedule.”
This customized solution not only pushed the boundaries of tile production, but also significantly cut costs for disposing of scrap tile wastes. The company conducted extensive research to ensure that the mobile system complied with environmental regulations and that the crushed material could be safely incorporated back into the manufacturing process.
“The development of the mobile tile crusher meant that each of the plants could keep tons of scrap material from reaching landfills,” added Hurt. “Even though waste fired tile is inert and does not cause contamination, keeping this material out of a landfill makes more room for other wastes that cannot be recycled and extends the life of the landfill. By this process, we have proven how scrap tile, once deemed “unsellable”, can be ground into consistent recyclable particles and safely go back into our new products.”
Dal-Tile is the largest manufacturer and marketer of ceramic tile, natural stone, and countertop products used in residential and commercial spaces across North America. Under its four powerhouse brands — Daltile, American Olean, Marazzi, and Ragno — Dal-Tile leads the industry in both design and product innovation, and is committed to incorporating environmentally-friendly materials, processes, and products throughout its organization.
Dal-Tile has more than 9,000 employees in North America and sells its products through a network of more than 300 company-owned sales service centers, stone slabyards, design galleries, and design studios, as well as through independent distributors and leading home center retailers nationwide.
Founded in 1947 and headquartered in Dallas, Dal-Tile is a division of Mohawk Industries, the leading global flooring manufacturer that creates products to enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. For more information on Dal-Tile and Mohawk Industries, please visit mohawkind.com. For product information, visit daltile.com, marazziusa.com, and americanolean.com.
|Employees In Front Of Dal-Tile's Mobile Tile Crusher|