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Shaw Expands Evergreen Recycling Program

Shaw Industries Group Inc., Dalton, Ga., will invest more than $17 million to expand its Evergreen reclamation and recycling program. The company will repurpose its former rug distribution center in Ringgold, Ga., for the recycling of post-consumer nylon and polyester carpet into high-purity materials for use in a range of applications. It expects to create at least 70 new jobs at the facility, which will go on-line in 2015.

“This addition to our recycling portfolio reflects our continued efforts to drive innovation into the business and to protect and make efficient use of resources while focusing on long-term financial success,” said Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell.

Shaw instituted a take-back program and reclamation network in 2006 to reclaim post-consumer carpet, and has recycled more than 700 million pounds of carpet through its Evergreen recycling program. The reclamation and recycling efforts are helping the company expand its portfolio of Cradle to Cradle Certified™ products, which currently comprise 64 percent of its overall product. Shaw has committed to having all of its products Cradle to Cradle certified by 2030.

“Evergreen Ringgold expands our efforts to keep end-of-use carpet out of landfills,” said Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs. “By expanding our recycling portfolio, we are illustrating our continued commitment to converting something that historically may have been seen as waste into a resource that has a longer life in the economy.”

Since 2006, Shaw has recycled more than 700 million pounds of carpet through its Evergreen recycling program.

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