Recycling services company CarpetCycle announced that a lighting retrofit at its headquarters and warehouse facilities in New Jersey is cutting lighting energy usage by more than 60%. The change also helps the Roselle, New Jersey-based company meet its sustainability goals, says Tri-State LED, which provided the lighting technology.
The project began with Tri-State LED performing a comprehensive assessment for CarpetCycle, an interior demolition and recycling services provider that finds uses for post-consumer carpet along the Eastern Seaboard. Their Quiet-Tech recycled acoustic insulation product is made up of 85 to 90% recycled materials.
Tri-State LED, a division of Revolution Lighting Technologies, created a plan that called for replacing existing fluorescent lighting with their Eco Thin Flat Panel and Eco Linear High Bay solutions throughout CarpetCycle’s office and warehouse spaces.
In addition, Tri-State LED says they assisted with key project requirements that included procuring critical state- and utility-based energy efficiency incentives. “These incentives help preserve critical working capital for CarpetCycle, reducing initial out of pocket expenses for the project, while reducing the overall project payback to only 2.5 years,” according to the LED lighting and control systems company.
“When we moved to our new office, the lighting system was really poor. The lights we had were too bright and very inefficient,” said Robert Phillips, a member of the CarpetCycle team. Their new lighting is extremely efficient, he added. “The lighting system is helping us lower our energy bill, and doesn’t give off the overly luminescent glare that I typically expect from LED bulbs.”
CarpetCycle reclaims construction debris from commercial interior offices including carpet, ceiling tile, and gypsum wallboard. Since launching in 1999, they say they have diverted more than 200 million pounds of carpet from landfills. Their cradle-to-cradle insulation is part of the company’s mission to safely remove, collect, and recycle post-consumer building materials.