Recycling Old Carpeting

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Generally speaking, carpeting isn’t exactly the most sustainable flooring option since it is petroleum-based and needs to be replaced after only a few years.  Although, natural wool carpeting, like hardwood flooring, lasts for several decades.  So, what happens to all of the nylon, olefin, and polyester carpeting that does need replacement?  Does it just end up in the landfill or are there better, more sustainable, options available?

A non-profit established by the carpet industry and government entities called “CARE” (Carpet America Recovery Effort) aims to increase the amount of recycling and reuse of post-consumer carpet and reduce the amount going to landfills.  Since 2002, over a billion pounds of old carpeting has been recycled.  Under the program, numerous carpet reclamation partners around the country accept spent carpeting and recycle it into new products such as composite lumber, tile backer board, roof shingles, railroad ties, automotive parts, carpet cushion, stepping stones, new carpeting, and more.

Here’s a few carpet manufacturers who integrate recycled carpet into some of their products:  Interface Flooring, Bentley Prince Street Flooring, Shaw, Mohawk, Collins & Aikmen (C&A) Floorcoverings (owned by Tandus), Milliken Carpet, Talisman Mills (The Envirelon line), Beaulieu of America, Blue Ridge Commercial Carpet, J&J Industries, and Lees Commercial Carpets.  Some of the preceeding companies will even take away your old carpeting for recycling when you have new carpet installed.

Tag(s): Greening the Home, Greening the Office, Reclaimed Materials, Recycling

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  1. Recycling Old CarpetingYour Green Ability on June 19th, 2009 2:18 pm

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