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Kimberly-Clark expands Rightcycle project.

Kimberly-Clark Professional has expanded its innovative recycling program --RightCycle by Kimberly-Clark Professional--to manufacturing and other industrial environments, enabling these customers to divert non-hazardous waste such as nitrile gloves and apparel, from landfills.

RightCycle is the first large-scale recycling program for non-hazardous lab, cleanroom and industrial waste. Since its launch in 2011, the program has diverted more than 300 tons of waste from landfills. The items are sent to recyclers in the U.S. and turned into nitrile powder and pellets that are used to create eco-responsible consumer products and durable goods, such as flower-pots and lawn furniture, benches and bicycle racks.

"By recycling rather than discarding nitrile gloves and single-use apparel, customers can divert these hard-to-re cycle waste streams from the landfill in order to get one step closer to achieving their zero waste goals while reducing their waste disposal costs at the same time," says John Adams, industrial business leader, Kimberly-Clark Professional. "In addition, we are helping to give our safety and industrial products a second life."

RightCycle enables customers to recycle thin mil nitrile gloves, apparel (including accessories such as hoods, masks, shoe covers and other items) and Kimtech Pure 100 percent polypropylene wipers. To qualify for the program, the items must be free of hazardous materials, biohazards and wet food.

"As a rule of thumb, if our personal protective equipment products, such as nitrile gloves and apparel, are being disposed of as regular trash versus hazardous waste, then we can likely accept them," Adams added.

Participants in the RightCycle Program have reaped many benefits and one--Lundberg Family Farms of Richvale, Calif.--credits the program with helping it achieve a Platinum Zero Waste Facility Certification from the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council.

Gloves previously represented about 15% of the company's landfill waste, so switching to Kimberly-Clark Professional gloves and the RightCycle program was an easy decision. The company now expects to divert four tons of glove waste annually.

In addition to the industrial program launch, Kimberly-Clark Professional is continuing to expand the RightCycle program--bringing it to Western Europe and exploring expansion in other regions. For more information, visit

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Title Annotation:Nonwovens News
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Date:Jul 1, 2016
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