January 28, 2000

CanFibre, Home Depot announce supply, recycling agreement

CanFibre, the Toronto-based subsidiary of Kafus Industries, of Boston, Massachusetts, has signed an agreement to supply Home Depot with the company's 100% recycled-content AllGreenR medium-density fibreboard (MDF). The terms of the deal also call for the recycling of Home Depot's wood waste by CanFibre. "Not only is Home Depot recognizing the unique environmental characteristics of CanFibre's AllGreen MDF, but additionally, by recycling store wood waste through our Riverside AllGreen facility, they're helping us to close the sustainability loop," said Kafus vice-president David Saltman.

CanFibre produces AllGreen MDF at its plant in Riverside, California, and is building a second manufacturing facility near Buffalo, NY, with completion expected in mid-2000. The Riverside plant is the first in North America to make MDF from 100% recovered urban wood waste, diverting over 150,000 tons per year of material from landfills and saving the equivalent of 3,000 trees from being cut. As well, says the company, AllGreen MDF is moisture-resistant and releases no incremental formaldehyde emissions.

"The industry perception is that you can't make a premium panel from recovered wood," said CanFibre president Chris Carl. "Our chipping, washing and refining system together with a proprietary press and resin system is capable of yielding boards that surpass all industry standards for strength and stability," he added.

Home Depot will be carrying the product in at least 64 stores throughout the nine states that make up its northwestern U.S. region. In addition to selling 4 x 8 panels in its lumber department, the retailer intends to work with its vendors to have AllGreen MDF used as a substrate for other products such as shelving and counter tops.

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