In the process of choosing and installing a new floor covering in a facility, determining an environmentally responsible destination for the used carpet might not be a priority in the project. CARE’s Executive Director Bob Peoples recently addressed this topic and the growing number of options for recycling old carpet in the June issue of Today’s Facility Manager.
A few of Bob’s key points include:
Approximately four billion pounds of used carpet are deposited in landfills each year. This significant burden on the environment can be avoided by proactive approaches taken with each commercial carpet installation.
Developing recycler relationships and evaluating options can be a long – but worthwhile – journey.
CARE is working closely with mills and recyclers to help develop sustainable end of life options for PET, PTT, and PP fiber types. There are also new innovations on the horizon for manufacturing PET carpet that can be easily recycled into new products.
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