Valley Forge, Pa.-based building products giant CertainTeed Corp. is making its CedarBoards-brand, double 6-inch clapboard insulated vinyl siding with 60 percent recycled content which it claims is the most recycled content in that industry.
CertainTeed has partnered with several U.S. recycling companies to collect scrap vinyl siding from construction sites, as well as higher-grade scrap vinyl from post-consumer and post-industrial products.
The company spent more than a year setting up the recycling network a move CertainTeed officials say will position the company as the leader in processing recycled PVC.
There are no expectations to make money on the venture in the short term, said Drew Brandt, CertainTeed's marketing director, in a Sept. 2 phone interview.
With fuel prices dictating the price of resins, we're going to have to not only curtail energy use, but probably in our lifetime, we will see companies going to landfills and harvesting materials, he said. We will have the ability to manage and the expertise and understanding of how to use recycled materials in products where others won't. It's not necessarily an easy process
CedarBoards siding, extruded at the company's plant in Jackson, Mich., provides opportunities to add green building products to projects without driving up costs, Brandt said.
CertainTeed's double 6-inch profiles are available in 12- and 16-foot sections.
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