ReEntry Case Studies
There are many claims about recycling in our industry and it can be hard to separate fact from fiction, rumor from reality. "Recyclable" is often just a promise. Everyday, tonnes of carpet tile and LVT are discarded; most of it ending up in landfill and often nowhere near the end of its useful life. So why throw away that valuable resource?
Each year Interface diverts millions of Kg's of used, post-consumer carpet from landfills around the world. That's tonnes and tonnes of carbon saved from polluting the environment. As the New Zealand supplier for Interface, Inzide are proud to be supporting this product stewardship initiative called, ReEntry. Inzide is the only New Zealand Flooring supplier with Ministry for Environment accreditation for recycling. So you have to ask, what are all the other suppliers doing with their “recyclable” products?
Step One – Assessment
Clean, full sized Interface GlasBac or CushionBacRe carpet tiles and Interface LVT can be recycled through ReEntry out of New Zealand.
(We are unable to recycle competitor’s tiles, as there is no way of proving the contents for export declaration requirements.)
Step Two – Uplift
Customer to organise contractor to uplift the product and package according to our Recycling Guidelines.
Step Three – Drop off
Contractor to arrange delivery of uplifted product to 1 of the 3 Inzide collection depots NZ wide;
Auckland: Inzide Commercial Warehouse, 131 Montgomerie Rd, Airport Oaks, Mangere.
Wellington: Owens Logistics, 5-7 Toop Street, Seaview.
Christchurch: Owens Logistics, 31 Baigent Way, Middleton.
Step Four – Shipping
Inzide arranges the transportation of the clean, uplifted, palletised flooring and ships it to the Interface Mill in Minto, Australia for processing.
Step Five – Recycling
The carpet tile or LVT goes through the proprietary recycling process at the Interface, Minto Mill. It is split into two key inputs for the carpet tile manufacturing process, sheared yarn and backing granules. The yarn then goes back into the yarn production stream and the backing granules are included in the production of the GlasBac and CushionBacRE backings with an extremely high-recycled content %, ready to live out another 15 years on the floor.
Fisher & Paykel Stewart Bulding
Fisher & Paykel have been using Interface's recycled carpet tiles for approximately 19 years now because they are recycable and has been ensuring that the tiles are recycled when they reach the end of their life through the Re-Entry recycling programme.To date, approximately 6580m² of Interface Carpet tiles have been uplifted from the Stewart building. 1 container has already been sent back to Australia with a further 2 more to go to be recycled into new Interface carpet tiles. Once, complete approx 70 tonnes of carpet tile would be diverted from landfill. For the new fit out of the Stewart building, Interface's Aerial Flying Colours Collection has been specified by Warren & Mahoney, and is currently being installed.
David Coombes, MD of Flight Centre and Antonia Walmsley from Unispace acknowledged the value in this circular way of thinking when the time came to re-fit the 124 Vincent Street, Head Office in Auckland’s CBD. David had this to say; "In everything we do we look to minimise our impact on the environment. We were pleased to learn that recycling was an option for the carpet tile in the old office space and are very proud to have supported the ReEntry initiative from Interface." 1950m2 (11 tonnes) of Interface carpet tile was the existing floor covering to be uplifted and of course, replaced with Interface carpet for a further 15 years.