Continuus Materials Makes New Sustainable Products out of Waste with the Help of Metso’s Technology

Shredded waste going through the press

Shredded waste going through the press

Waste is a growing problem around the world. The U.S. produces more than 30 percent of the planet's total waste*. The cost to landfill is also getting bigger all the time. More and more people, especially the young, are starting to worry. They want to find sustainable solutions to the waste problem as quickly as possible. The company Continuus Materials is answering this problem by extracting the valuable materials discarded in waste streams and turning them into new valuable products – with the help of Metso’s technology. 

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Your Future Could Be Covered by Recycling

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By CASSIE MCCLURE AND SUZANNE MICHAELS FOR SCSWA

Ever heard of “Everboard”? It’s a construction product made recycled plastics and cellulose fiber combined in a unique process to produce a thermal, air, and vapor barrier for roofing systems. For every 1,000 square feet of closed-loop roof Everboard, 800 pounds of recycled plastic and 1,200 pounds of recycled paper is used.

One of the speakers at the June 11th Regional Recycling Development Workshop in Albuquerque (hosted by the New Mexico Recycling Coalition and the National Recycling Coalition) was Bill Shepard, VP of Marketing at Continuus Materials, LLC, maker of Everboard. “We set out to not only create our roof cover board to capture and upcycle these materials, but have engineered it to be more durable, moisture and mold resistant than products currently available,” explained Shepard.

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Could the Future Be Built out of Trash? A Plan to Turn Plastic, Paper into Wallboard

At Continuus Material Recovery in Northeast Philadelphia, machines sort through trash to find the plastic materials that are used to make fuel pellets. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

At Continuus Material Recovery in Northeast Philadelphia, machines sort through trash to find the plastic materials that are used to make fuel pellets. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

If you go looking for the Continuus Materials facility in Northeast Philadelphia, you might miss it. There’s no flashy sign, no banner, no demarcation at all, really. Tucked away on Waste Management’s property behind a transfer station, the small, unassuming building looks as if it’s merely a part of that company’s operations.

That’s because, in many ways, it is. The business, which began as Continuus Energy, is partners with Waste Management and uses its waste stream to ferret out materials with recycling potential.

“We want the plastic and the fiber — the paper, cardboard,” said Continuus Materials Senior Vice President Rich Toberman. “Eventually, that becomes our product.”

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New End Use for Mixed Paper and Plastics Developed

The Philadelphia MSW and recyclables sorting facility operated by Continuus Energy.

The Philadelphia MSW and recyclables sorting facility operated by Continuus Energy.

by Jared Paben

Markets for mixed paper and plastics have been hard hit by China’s import restrictions. Now, a Texas company is working to develop a new domestic one: paper-plastic building panels.

Houston-based Continuus Material Recovery developed a process to recycle mixed paper and plastics together into panels. The company recently purchased Des Moines, Iowa-based ReWall Company to help it scale up. The acquisition gives Continuus its first board manufacturing assets.

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Continuus Material Recovery Acquires ReWall to Meet Rising Demand for Sustainable Building Materials

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The move delivers a large-scale solution to impending waste and recycling challenges

HOUSTON, TX – With China closing its doors to U.S. recyclables, tens of thousands of tons of paper and plastic no longer have a clear path to reuse and are being sent to landfills. By acquiring the manufacturing assets of Des Moines-based ReWall Company, Continuus Materials Recovery is poised to create an entirely new value network in construction building materials along with ushering in a new era for recycling.

To address the rising consumer demand for durable sustainable building materials and corporate zero waste goals, Continuus is taking post-consumer and post-industrial mixed paper and plastic destined for landfill and manufacturing them through a proprietary process into 4’x8’ building material boards for exterior wall and commercial roofs.

This new product will be a welcome opportunity for companies committed to zero waste goals. By using Continuus roof cover boards for their large commercial roof projects, companies will qualify for waste diversion volumes as an offset towards their zero-waste reporting. Continuus boards are an advanced engineered composite building material that are extremely durable, ideal for superior building envelope performance.

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