Can You Recycle Old Carpet?

308334_8918As I was looking out into my yard this morning I noticed a carpet remnant had been dragged from the side of the house onto the lawn? Our dog was having a hay day pulling it around the yard. I was thinking I need to go throw it in the garbage bin but wondered if it could possibly be recycled. So I started looking around the Internet and found a site called CARE – Carpet America Recovery Effort.

Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) is a joint industry-government effort to increase the amount of recycling and reuse of post-consumer carpet and reduce the amount of waste carpet going to landfills.

How Can I Recycle My Old Carpet?(Adapted from CARE website)

There is no simple, routine method in place today to recycle old carpet. Each case is individual since there is no infrastructure to handle old carpet at this time. CARE is working to help put that infrastructure in place. If you are a residential home owner you might ask your dealer for suggestions. If you are in the commercial sector, call your mill representative or specifier and tell them you want your old carpet recycled and they can work with you to try and make this happen. Please keep in mind, recycling costs money; it is not free. Costs vary with location and available systems.

Keeping the above in mind, you do have options. The goal is to stop filling up the landfills by reusing our waist, which in turn is a huge help to the environment. To find Carpet Reclamation Partners in your area click here.

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