Post-Consumer Carpet Recycling
Are you looking to replace the carpet in your home? Before you tear it up and have it sent to the landfill, read these recycling tips, courtesy of Shaw Flooring, to help make the Earth a little cleaner!
It doesn’t matter the brand, as long as it’s made with nylon 6 fiber, your old carpet can be transformed and given new life
What do you need to do?
Before you begin your project, ask the store from which you are purchasing your new flooring if they are involved with any carpet recycling programs.
• Many retailers have an installer who will pick up the old carpet and padding and drop it off at a local recycling facility at no additional charge to you.
• It’s important that you ask before the project begins so the installer knows to use a closed container to prevent the carpet and padding from getting wet or damaged by the elements.
If the store from which you are buying new flooring doesn’t offer this option, call 1-800-434-9887 to determine if recycling services are available in your area, and if so, how to proceed with recycling your carpet.
How does it work?
Shaw has established a carpet collection network that covers most major U.S. markets. If the collected carpet is made with nylon 6 face fiber, it is routinely transported to Shaw’s Evergreen facility in Augusta, Georgia, where it goes through an extensive recycling process that first separates the nylon from the other raw material components and then converts it into virgin quality caprolactam, the chemical building block used to produce new nylon 6.
On average, 80 percent of the post-consumer carpet Shaw collects is made with nylon 6 fiber that can be close loop recycled at Evergreen. When reclaimed material can’t be recycled into new carpet, it can also be diverted for reuse in carpet cushion, erosion and sediment control products and engineered resins that are used to produce injection molded plastic automobile parts. Since 2006, Shaw has reclaimed an average of approximately 100 million pounds of post-consumer carpet per year.
For those collected carpet products that use raw materials which don’t have a commercially viable recycling pathway, Shaw has developed a method for safely extracting the embodied energy at its Re2E (Reclaimed to Energy) plant and is using it as an alternative to traditional fossil fuels like coal and fuel oil. This LEED certified facility produces approximately 50,000 pounds of steam energy per hour which is used by two of Shaw’s residential carpet manufacturing operations in Dalton, Georgia.
Content Credit: Shaw Flooring