Submitted by: Post Consumer Carpet Processing Technology LLC.
Implemented country: United States
Title: Recycling Post Consumer Carpets
2.5 million tons of used carpet, that produces poisonous emissions when incinerated, are dumped in to U.S. landfills annually. This is equal to a hole one mile by one mile by 100 feet deep. If left alone, the carpets never disintegrate. Until now, it was very difficult to separate the petrol-based derivatives to allow recycling of both the nylon and polypropylene materials. Post Consumer Carpet Processing Technologies LLC (PCC) has developed a new, simple, clean and highly economical method that separates the nylon fiber from the carpet backing. Based on PCC’s patent-pending technology, Interface, the third largest carpet producer in the world, installed the first line of machinery in September 2007. This enables Interface to recycle 15,000 tons of carpet annually and to reuse the recovered materials for new carpet and other products. The energy saved with a single line of recycling machinery corresponds to the heating demand of more than 250 U.S. households annually and another annual savings of 90 million gallons of water. The oil saved is estimated at 27,666 Mio. Liters per year per line of machinery, which at today’s prices, is about $19 million.