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Waste & Recycling January 21, 2019 01:30:24 PM

Phoenix Announces Grand Opening of New Carpet Recycling Plant

Paul Ploumis
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As per rough estimates, the U.S. discards around 3.5 billion pounds of carpets every year.
Phoenix Announces Grand Opening of New Carpet Recycling Plant

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Italy-based Aquafil has announced opening of its first U.S. carpet recycling facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The grand opening of the 116,000-square-foot facility was held last month. The facility will be capable to collect and process nearly 36 million pounds of carpets per year and is expected to generate as many as 50 new jobs.

The new facility will break down old carpets into three components-polypropylene, calcium carbonate and nylon 6. The polypropylene will go into the injection molding industry. The calcium carbonate will go into road construction. Meantime, nylon 6 and nylon 6 fiber will be shipped to Aquafil’s Slovenia facility, where they will be converted along with other plastic waste into branded nylon yarn, mainly for fashion and interior industries.

According to Giulio Bonazzi, President and CEO, Aquafil, the company’s proprietary technology is also capable of processing a wide range of other products including fishing nets. The opening of the facility will bring the company closer to its goal of producing nylon yarn from 100% post consumer materials.

As per rough estimates, the U.S. discards around 3.5 billion pounds of carpets every year. Out of this, only around 2-3% is recycled, whereas the rest are either incinerated or dumped into landfills.

Meantime, Aquafil announced plans to open a second carpet recycling facility in Woodland, California before the end of 2019. Elsewhere, Aquafil already has facilities in Italy, Germany, the U.K., Slovenia, Croatia, China and Thailand.

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