Malarkey Roofing Products Focuses on Sustainability and Safety

Malarkey Roofing Products announces GreenCircle Certified LLC Waste Diversion from Landfill certification of Malarkey manufacturing facilities and congratulates employees on new safety milestones.

GreenCircle provides third-party certification of sustainability claims through a rigorous scientific evaluation based on internationally recognized standards and guidelines. All three of the Malarkey asphalt roofing facilities achieved the Waste Diversion from Landfill certification, demonstrating responsible management of end-of-life materials.

“We are thrilled to certify Malarkey Roofing Products for their outstanding achievements in Waste Diversion,” says Certification and Operations manager at GreenCircle Certified LLC Anne Bevan. “Through a combination of innovative ideas, employee engagement, and a commitment to the environment, Malarkey has successfully made a huge reduction in its impact.”

In the GreenCircle certification process, diversion and reduction can be achieved through a combination of approved methods. Malarkey utilized the methods of source reduction, recycling, energy recovery, and reuse of materials to achieve waste diversion from landfill thresholds. The evaluated Malarkey facilities achieved diversion rates of 90 percent or greater as follows:

  • Portland, Ore. – 94 percent waste diversion
  • South Gate, Calif. – 92 percent waste diversion
  • Oklahoma City, Okla. – 90 percent waste diversion

The Portland location has a fiberglass mat facility on site, which was not included in this analysis in order to achieve a more direct comparison to other facilities in the industry. Malarkey plans to pursue separate certification for the mat facility at a later date.

“Malarkey has promoted sustainability internally for years with initiatives like our renewable energy usage in Portland and recycling programs across all of our facilities,” says Malarkey President Jim Fagan. “Sustainability is a vital aspect of our commitment to our customers and local communities. It is an asset to have third-party validation that shows how we are doing and where we can continue to improve.”

In addition to promoting sustainability, Malarkey continues to promote safety throughout their facilities. According to plant manager Steve Rosko, the Portland facility achieved 31 months with only one OSHA recordable accident, including a milestone in July 2015 of more than one million hours worked without an accident.

“Safety has been a priority at Malarkey for a long time,” says Rosko. “I stress two things with our employees: safety and product quality. This is a family business, and we treat our employees as a member of the family.”

According to President Jim Fagan, Malarkey has taken great strides in environmental and safety standards, with plans to pursue additional environmental certifications in the future. That direction is reflected with Malarkey Environmental Health and Safety Officer for the Portland facility, Mike Tuel, who looks to continue evolving facilities to set the standard for roofing manufacturing operations.

“We have a legal responsibility to comply with environmental and safety standards,” says Tuel. “But we also see it as a moral obligation to our communities. It’s the right thing to do, and it is reassuring to know that commitment comes from the very top of our company to continue this path.”

GAF Achieves ‘Waste Diversion from Landfill’ Certification

GAF announces that its Tuscaloosa, Ala., facility is its second asphalt shingle plant in North America to achieve “Waste Diversion from Landfill” certification. Conducted by GreenCircle Certified LLC, a certifier of sustainability claims in products and operations, this Waste Diversion from Landfill certification demonstrates the dedication GAF has to the responsible management of end-of-life materials.

GAF has pioneered several initiatives to increase operational efficiency, reduce waste and divert material from landfills. Partnering with recyclers and like-minded organizations, GAF has not only developed unique ways to reuse waste material internally, but has also identified alternative uses for previously landfilled waste. Utilizing these progressive waste management practices, along with innovative recycling initiatives, GAF achieved an impressive waste diversion rate of 94 percent at its Tuscaloosa facility.

“As Waste Diversion from Landfill emerges as a critical sustainable performance measure, forward-thinking companies are finding innovative material management solutions,” says Tad Radzinski, certification officer at GreenCircle. “With its second plant receiving GreenCircle certification, GAF is not only leading the way in waste diversion, but it is also ensuring accountability and transparency in its sustainability claims.”

Continued growth in the green building market is prompting emphasis on sustainability for building product suppliers like GAF. Third-party certification of sustainability claims adds a level of integrity for manufacturers, which is key to establishing credibility and gaining consumer confidence. “Sustainability and transparency are cornerstones of our business strategy at GAF,” says Gregg Baran, director of specialty manufacturing at GAF. “GreenCircle certification verifies our claims and helps us showcase our waste leadership in a way that resonates with our customers and employees.”

GAF Plant Achieves ‘Waste Diversion from Landfill’ Certification

GAF‘s Myerstown, Pa., plant is the first asphalt shingle plant in North America to achieve the Waste Diversion from Landfill certification. The industry-first certification was awarded by GreenCircle Certified LLC, the leading certifier of sustainability claims in products and operations. The Waste Diversion from Landfill certification demonstrates an organization’s commitment to the responsible management of end-of-life materials. Operating at a high rate of efficiency, GAF’s Myerstown shingle plant generates low levels of waste and makes an effort to recycle its waste streams.

GreenCircle’s Waste Diversion Certification is based on a comprehensive review of all the plant’s material flows and downstream waste management. GAF is pleased to have achieved a waste diversion rate of 83%, meaning that 83% of the plant’s waste material is recycled. The certification provides a meaningful benchmark that will be used to drive continuous improvement. It is expected that GAF’s waste diversion rate will increase as it identifies additional recycling opportunities for challenging materials, such as non-woven glass mat.

As concerns over end-of-life material management increase, manufacturers are being called upon to lead the way and find innovative solutions. “Waste Diversion from Landfill is becoming a critical sustainable performance measure for many organizations,” says Tad Radzinski, certification officer at GreenCircle. “GAF’s industry-first certification signifies its dedication to sustainability and continuous improvement.”

The growth in the green building market is fueling a demand for honesty and integrity from building product suppliers like GAF. Third-party certification of sustainability claims is essential in establishing credibility and gaining consumer confidence. “At GAF, we are committed to sustainability and transparency,” says Tim Machelski, GAF’s senior vice president of manufacturing operations. “Having our waste diversion rates reviewed and certified by a third party is a crucial part of our program, ensuring accuracy and reinforcing trust in our sustainability claims.”