Granite kitchen upgrades don’t usually make a green list, but the owners of Go Green Recycled Granite qualify as they recycle tons of granite waste into tile, pavers and more for home and business spaces.
Go Green Recycled Granite recycles or repurposes local granite that is typically thrown away by countertop fabricators. The scrap granite is cut and split into granite tiles for use as backsplashes, fireplace surrounds, interior walls and pavers for patios, driveways and larger projects. The granite materials are manufactured from a 100-percent, post-consumer waste, and projects that use the materials qualify for credit points in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system of the U.S Green Building Council. Even the smallest pieces that would typically be trash are used to make candle holders, wine stoppers, cheese boards and jewelry.
To celebrate the completion of its new showroom, Go Green Recycled Granite will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 22. Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland will lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m., followed by tours and refreshments.
Joe and Mary Jo Ward started Go Green Recycled Granite in 2012 in their garage and have steadily grown into a retail showroom space. The company helped build a Habitat for Humanity house and was awarded the Johnson County Green Business Partner Award for 2016.
“By recycling granite remnants, we are reducing tons of waste clogging landfills, saving energy, creating jobs and making the world a better, greener place,” said Joe Ward.
Go Green Recycled Granite is located at 226C South Blake Street in Olathe, KS.