- Carpet Reuse Coordination
The renovation of 400,000 square feet of office space in downtown Chicago yielded 430 pallets, nearly 20 tractor trailer loads, of useable carpet tile diverted from the landfill and donated to a nonprofit reuse center. This resulted in the reduction of 665,000 pounds of what was otherwise considered waste from remodeling activity.
Carpet tile represents a huge reuse opportunity due to the nature of both how carpet tile is manufactured and its application. The carpet industry prides itself of creating a durable product that will stand up to the rigors of daily use, typically designed for a 10 to 15 year life span. The most common use for carpet tile, however, is in a commercial office setting, which sees tenant turnover every five years on average. Since most office finishes are replaced for each tenant, including flooring, there's significant life remaining in these items waiting for a second chance.
The capturing of carpet tile from projects such as Blue Cross Blue Shield are great examples of the reuse process lending itself to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. A worthy nonprofit received a donation of valuable material to generate revenue for its mission, the environment was spared the burden of the disposal of a significant amount of waste and the project realized great cost savings by avoiding disposal fees. Everyone wins.
This project was coordinated by our Global Reuse Services team while working as an independent company, PlanetReuse.