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Carpet Recovery  Facilities in South Carolina

Carpet Glossary (pdf)

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Carpet Recovery

Why recover carpet?

Carpet Recovery Coalition
Carpet is bulky and will stay in landfills forever. Recycling carpet saves natural resources, conserves landfill space, reduces the dependency on fossil fuels and can save money through reduced disposal costs.

Recycling allows a product at the end of its useful life to become a new resource. Carpet can be made into fiber to produce:

      • new carpet;
      • carpet padding;
      • erosion-control products; and
      • construction material.

Carpet fiber also can be converted into plastic pellets and used in many products including furniture and automotive components â€" like cam covers manufactured for Ford and other auto engines.

Carpet recovery is good business.

South Carolina is a leader for carpet recycling in the Southeast -- with several hundred million pounds of carpet recycling capacity. Nationally, the carpet recycling industry employs 3,300 workers who turn carpet into new products. This same industry employs 122 workers in South Carolina.

South Carolina Carpet Recovery Statistics

Jobs Created
Post-consumer Carpet Collected in 2012
Post-consumer Carpet Processed in 2012
122*
3,874,660 pounds
4,830,000 pounds

*Accounts for 9 percent of all carpet recycling jobs in the United States

We can do more.

Encouraging the recovery of carpet in your community will save landfill space and provide economic benefit through the production of value-added goods for the automotive and construction industries.

The S.C. Carpet Recovery Coalition (CRC) encourages post-consumer carpet recycling by cities, counties and businesses in the state. The CRC is a partnership of S.C. Department of Commerce and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control's Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling.

 

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