The Elkhart Environmental Center is going green.
The center is replacing its leaky roof with one that is 70% postindustrial recycled plastic and rubber.
The roof, made by Ecostar, comes from waste like baby diapers, car bumpers and PVC pipes.
The center's education coordinator, Ronda Decaire says buying recycled material is a great way to keep waste out of landfills.
“When the diaper companies make mistakes, instead of the waste going into the landfill, they can sell it to this roofing company who turns it into a roofing material. So even though it’s coming from industry, its still keeping a lot of waste out of the landfill.”
The roof cost more upfront, but has a 50 year warranty.
It also has a 100 year life expectancy.