Ohio Toilet and Sink Maker Takes Recycling Seriously

To mark the approaching America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, here’s how one manufacturer strives to reduce its environmental impact.
Ohio Toilet and Sink Maker Takes Recycling Seriously

Creating a quality product is hard work. For some companies, when a piece comes off a manufacturing line with the wrong imprint, a slightly scratched frame or a blemish, the flawed item is oftentimes designated for the recycling bin.

At Mansfield Plumbing in Perrysville, Ohio, where more than a million toilets and sinks are crafted each year, millions of pounds of fired scrap and spent plaster molds are recycled annually. Instead of going into landfills, the material is used as road aggregate. Additionally, the small-town facility is making a big difference by recycling 285,000 pounds of cardboard and cartons, 4,000 pounds of paper, 1,000 pounds of plastic and 5,200 wooden pallets each year. The company also saves about 4 million gallons of water a year through its water conservation program designed to reduce water usage by 10 percent at its manufacturing facility.

According to the environmental team at Mansfield Plumbing, the goal is to recycle and reuse as much raw material as possible. Along with being aggressive in recycling hard materials, the company also salvages the waste heat from its kilns and operates with gas consumption lower than industry standards. A lighting project designed to use wattage more effectively saves energy in the plant.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2013 Americans generated about 254 million tons of trash. About 34.3 percent of this material was recycled. Thanks to smart recycling efforts taking place daily at facilities such as Mansfield, that number is growing and the amount of waste being sent to landfills is being reduced. 

For more information about American Recycles Day, visit https://americarecyclesday.org.

About Mansfield Plumbing
Mansfield Plumbing precision manufactures millions of pieces of sanitaryware and bathware each year at its facilities in Perrysville and Big Prairie, Ohio and in Henderson, Texas. Founded in 1929, Mansfield Plumbing, which is owned by Corona, is a leading producer of top-quality, high-design, performance plumbing fixtures and fittings for use in residential, commercial and institutional markets. For more information, visit http://www.mansfieldplumbing.com or call 877/850-3060.


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