Carpet Recyclers opens first two facilities
The Carpet Recyclers has opened its first two carpet recycling
facilities in Oakland and La Mirada California to serve Northern
and Southern California. The company will utilize state-of-the-art
carpet recovery equipment which recycles both residential and
commercial carpet with zero waste going to landfills.
The 1.3 billion pounds of old carpet presently
going to California landfills comprises 3.2 percent of all waste
disposed in the state. As most carpet is made from petroleum,
recycling carpet not only reduces landfill disposal, it also
saves oil. The Carpet Recyclers initial operations will have
the capacity to recycle 400,000 pounds of carpet per day.
Recycling carpet in California also has the
potential to eliminate over nine million metric tons of greenhouse
gases from the atmosphere. Products made from carpet recycling
include new carpet, carpet padding, a wide range of building
products and high energy fuel. Governor Schwarzenegger recently
signed a California carpet recovery bill which established the
nation’s first comprehensive, industry-financed and supported
mandatory carpet recycling program.