Recycled Ceramic Tile Manufacturer Joins LinkUp
in King County
King County, WA - Quarry Tile Company, manufacturer of
Eco-Tile, a ceramic tile made of approximately 70 percent recycled materials,
has joined the LinkUp program in King County, Washington.
Eco-Tile is produced using a combination of recycled glass, recycled grinding
paste from the computer industry and recycled soil/rock waste from the
sand and gravel industry. Eco-Tile also contains reprocessed glaze waste
from Quarry Tile Company's other manufacturing operations.
Quarry Tile, from Spokane, Washington, was selected as a LinkUp partner
for several reasons. One is the company's use of mixed-colored glass cullet,
designated a priority material for increased recycling by King County's
Solid Waste Division. The glass cullet is supplied by the TriVitro Corporation,
TriVitro is another participant in LinkUp and manufactures
recycled tumbled glass pebbles for home décor and hobbyist use
was well as recycled-glass grit used for blasting abrasive. After crushing
the glass for its own products, TriVitro collects the dust and finely
ground particles and sends it to Quarry Tile. Previously, the glass dust
was disposed of in a landfill.
The partnership is a win-win situation for both companies and for King
County. The scrap material from Tri-Vitro makes up about 25 percent of
the recycled content used in Eco-Tile, and its use saves TriVitro more
than $20,000 a year in disposal costs. The county benefits through increased
demand for recycled glass generated and collected locally.
LinkUp was launched two years ago to encourage manufacturers to incorporate
more recycled materials into their products. The program, sponsored by
the King County Solid Waste Division, offers free, customized technical
and promotional support to eligible businesses.
All of the recycled materials used in Eco-Tile come from within a 350
mile radius of Quarry Tile's manufacturing plant in Spokane. In addition
to the mixed-glass cullet, the grinding paste used to make Eco-Tile is
a manufacturing by-product from a computer CD manufacturer in Portland,
Oregon, and the soil and rock waste comes from Central Pre-Mix, a Spokane-area
concrete manufacturer. In the past, the company had been using clay, some
of it trucked in from 2,300 miles away.