Recycling Everything…the Journey to Zero Landfill
Russ Delozier, Director of Sustainability, J+J Flooring Group
Nature doesn’t have a landfill. Why should we? Assuming for just a moment that we’d all answer that question the same way -- that we shouldn’t, or at least we shouldn’t as we have become accustomed to having them. So, what steps do we take to start our journey? How do we go beyond traditional recycling and explore the uncharted territories of harder to recycle items? Let’s look together at the journey of a 1000 miles that starts with just one step.
Russ brings over 25 years of experience to the commercial flooring industry. In that industry, he has been recognized as the CARE Carpet Recycler of the Year and the very distinguished recipient of CRI’s Joseph J. Smrekar Memorial Award that acknowledges individuals who show exemplary service to the carpet and rug industry.
Russ earned his degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. In his career,
Russ has worked for the Dow Chemical Company and Shaw Industries before joining J+J Flooring Group. He has experiences in startup and operation of various plastic plants including Nylons, Styrene Block Copolymers, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, and Polystyrene. Russ has also directed the Materials Reclamation of the nation’s largest post-consumer carpet recycling operation.
He is the longest serving Mill representative to the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) Board where he was actively involved in the 2012 CARE MOU Negotiation process as well as the language for and implementation of California’s trial Carpet EPR legislation, AB-2398.
In his present role, Russ helps oversee all aspects of J+J’s corporate sustainability including environmental affairs, reclamation, product stewardship, recycling, and recycled content, waste elimination, product transparency, landfill avoidance, energy conservation, renewable energy, and environmental certifications. Most recently, Russ helped lead J+J to become the first in the industry to achieve 3rd party certification for Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWL).
When you see him, be sure to ask Russ how he got started in Sustainability.