Saving Our Planet
Did you know in the North American alone, an estimated at least six-billion tons of carpet enters the waste stream each year? As landfill capacity continues to decline, it’s clear there is a social necessity and responsibility to recycle and reuse carpet – an effort that has the power to not only positively impact our environment by minimizing greenhouse gases and conserving valuable energy, but also our economy by creating green jobs and reducing waste management tax rates incurred by improper carpet disposal.
Metro Vancouver contributes 37 million pounds of carpet (based on a 2013 Metro Vancouver Waste Composition Study). Up to 80 million lbs. of used carpet and underlay are sent to Metro Vancouver’s landfills each year. That's 10 times the amount of plastic bags that we usually landfill. Oil and other non-renewable resources contained in carpet can take as long as 50 years to break down. This will pollute the land and the environment. And This also is a waste of a valuable resource.
Carpet and underlay are petroleum-based products. They can be recycled, reducing the need for oil to produce new carpet and underlay. Carpet is most commonly made from nylon or polyester. While nylon is recyclable, at this time polyester is not commonly recycled. Carpet padding is the material that lies between the floor and carpet 。It often has a speckled appearance because it is made by chopping up polyurethane foam and a wide range of other materials and fusing them together. Because carpet padding is made primarily with foam, it can be easier to recycle than carpet itself. We can do better, One roll at a time, Saving Our Planet!!!
For Example: Recycling 1000 sqft carpet Keeps 500 lbs. (225kg) of carpet and underlay out of our landfills. Carpet takes over 50 years to degrade. Saves 200 liters of oil. Used carpet and underlay can be recycled into new carpet, underlay or a wide variety of other plastic products. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 460 kg of CO2. In approximate terms, recycling 100 square yards of carpet frees up 50 gallons of oil for other uses. The gallon saving could be even higher depending on carpet oil for other uses. The gallon savings could be even higher depending on carpet type and quality. The benefit of recovering this valuable resource is obvious.