Once the 2010 Winter Olympic Games are over, large-format graphics provided from 3M Canada will be repurposed into high-recycled content flooring from Mannington Commercial. About 200,000 square feet of graphics are being used on vehicles and key venues for the Olympic Games, 100 percent of which will be diverted from landfill to become flooring.

Mannington will recycle the graphics into Premium Tile, a product used in in commercial healthcare, education, and retail applications. The Premium Tile product already contains post-consumer waste streams including drywall and VCT reclaimed from renovation sites, and is certified as an Environmentally Preferable Product, meeting the rigorous requirements of NSF-332-2007 certification.

"As we have innovated to grow our recycling capabilities, we have been looking for waste streams to increase the amount of post-consumer content that we can use in our products,” says John Emmons, director of commercial manufacturing at Mannington. “The arrangement was not only a great way to support this 3M Canada initiative; it also made very good business sense."

For more information, visit 3m.ca/2010.