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Shaw Plants Recognized For Waste Reduction Efforts

Shaw Industries Group Inc., Dalton, Ga., reports three of its facilities -- two Tuftex carpet manufacturing plants in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., and a Shaw fiber extrusion facility in Clemson, S.C. -- have attained zero landfill status. The plants have redirected all waste by implementing alternative recycling and reuse measures.

"Because the facilities were already operating at a very high level of efficiency, each plant was already sorting and recycling every possible type of waste on site and through local partners like New Green Day, RJM and Serv-Wel Disposal," said Jim Cusick, Tuftex carpet director. "The final step was finding a method of recycling or reuse for the break-room waste generated each month." That trash is now being used as an alternative fuel source to generate electric power."

The two Tuftex facilities, along with two plants in California that manufacture products for Shaw's Patcraft Designweave and Tuftex brands, have received CalRecycle's Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) award for the fifth consecutive year. The facilities have diverted some 10 million pounds of waste from landfills in one year, saving $1,736,541 by cutting landfill costs, and reducing and reusing waste, according to Tuftex Environmental and Risk Manager Bill Woyshner.

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