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.”