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SKOKIE, IL—As Earth Day approaches on April 22, 2016, and efforts to curb carbon footprints and protect the planet are highlighted across the world, AZEK is proud to announce that, through the production of AZEK Pavers, the company recently surpassed the landmark total of diverting more than 25 million pounds of scrap from landfills since its introduction in 2007.
Made from up to 95 percent recycled materials, AZEK Pavers pioneered the category of environmentally responsible pavers nearly a decade ago. Since then, AZEK Pavers have repurposed more than 1.4 million truck tires and more than 42 million plastic containers.
“Each year, billions of plastic containers are produced in the U.S., and more than half of them end up in landfills,” said Jason Grommon, President of CPG Building Products. “Here at AZEK, for every 1,000 square-feet of our standard pavers, we save 15,000 gallon-sized plastic containers from heading to the landfill. Likewise, with more than 300 million scrap tires generated annually, AZEK Paver production keeps 500 tires out of U.S. landfills for every 1,000 square-feet of standard pavers.”
But AZEK Pavers’ environmental advantages aren’t just in their recycled content. During production, they consume 94 percent less energy, require zero water consumption, and emit 96 percent less CO2 as compared to concrete paver production. With the manufacturing of concrete products responsible for up to 10 percent of all CO2 emissions worldwide, concrete production is one of the largest climate change culprits.
And this isn’t just a product with a good environmental story. AZEK Pavers are a beautiful, durable and low maintenance choice for patios, driveways, walkways, roof top applications, and the resurfacing of decks, patios and balconies. Available in five colors, and three popular paver sizes, AZEK Pavers install up to three times faster than traditional pavers. The stain, impact and scratch-resistant pavers are perfect for DIY-projects, with no special tools required for installation.
“AZEK Pavers offer a simple, low maintenance solution for both contractors and consumers looking to create beautiful hardscapes that will last. Better yet, when a homeowner makes the decision to use AZEK Pavers, it has a measurable positive impact on our environment,” added David Justice, Paver Product Manager. “We are proud of this contribution, while offering a high quality and long-lasting product to help beautify the home.”
AZEK Building Products manufactures home building materials under two divisions: TimberTech® and AZEK Exteriors®. TimberTech offers a premium portfolio of capped polymer and capped composite decking – as well as railing, porch, lighting and paver products – while AZEK Exteriors manufactures distinctly unique trim and moulding. Together the brands present homeowners, builders, architects, dealers and contractors with a comprehensive suite of first-rate products that are long lasting, sustainable alternatives to wood. AZEK is headquartered in Chicago, IL (with plants in OH and PA) and also owns Minneapolis-based Ultralox railing systems.