Atlas processes several different recycled materials in our paper mills. These materials include both pre-consumer and post-consumer materials:
All four Atlas paper mills have a combined capacity of about 200,000 Tons of recycled material per year (TPY). All of these materials would otherwise need to be disposed of in land fills. The end result: a complete line of dry felt, roofing underlayments, and performance facers used in a variety of different building applications.
Recycling is an important part of the Atlas manufacturing process and an activity that should be practiced by individuals in their daily lives.
Recycling is easy to do and a great way to contribute to environmentally friendly practices. Whether it’s sorting bottles, cans and newspapers in your home or office, or sending your printer cartridge back to the manufacturer when empty, recycling opportunities are all around us. Recycling creates jobs, saves energy and keeps our landfills from filling up. Recycling also slows the consumption of precious natural resources.
We see signs of recycling efforts all around us, from hiking trails and park benches made from recycled plastics and rubber tires to paper mills that grind paper products into pulp to make paper, roof underlayments and more. There are companies that manufacture clothing made from 100% recycled materials.
There is a difference between pre-consumer recycled materials and post-consumer recycled materials. Post-consumer recycled materials is any item that was previously being used as a consumer item, such as newspaper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, cell phones, electronic parts, and much more. Pre-consumer recycled materials are industry scraps that are re-used during manufacturing processes in plants or on construction sites. These materials are excess waste or by-product of the manufacturing process.
Keep in mind that recycling is not just enough, we have to actually purchase and support goods that are made with recycled content. If the demand for these items increases, more companies and government will push recycling initiatives.