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What can be done with used carpet?

Used carpet can be recycled and made into items such as:
  • New carpet
  • Erosion-control products
  • Composite lumber
  • Tile backer board
  • Signs
  • Automotive parts
  • Carpet cushion, and
  • Insulation.

Many of these products last far longer than those they replace and help us avoid cutting down trees and the use of chemicals as preservatives. Consumers can help keep carpet out of landfills by requesting these recycled products.

In addition, if the recovered carpet cannot be made into a product, it can be used for energy recovery since it is made from crude oil.
In South Carolina, carpet is made into 1) in-stock fibers, 2) pellets that are used to make vehicle cam covers and 3) erosion control products.

Wellman in Johnsonville turns recovered carpet into material to make cam covers.

GeoHay in Inman uses carpet to make their erosion control products.

Leigh Fibers in Spartanburg makes in-stock fibers from recovered carpet.