SOURCE: The Carpet Recyclers

The Carpet Recyclers

October 06, 2010 17:55 ET

The Carpet Recyclers Opens First Two Facilities in Northern and Southern California

Over 6 Billion Pounds of Old Carpet Disposed in U.S. Landfills Annually

FULLERTON, CA--(Marketwire - October 6, 2010) -  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. GF Industries, the parent company of The Carpet Recyclers, has secured exclusive rights to the equipment for the western U.S.

"Since 1992, GF Industries has been turning waste into resources through our innovative waste recovery, beneficial reuse and recycling solutions that reduce costs for our customers and help the environment," said Larry Fink, GF Industries' President. "We are excited to add our expertise to carpet recycling with the opening of our first two 'The Carpet Recyclers' facilities and creating 50 green jobs."

The 1.3 billion pounds of old carpet presently going to California landfills comprises 3.2% 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 which is the equivalent of saving 932 barrels of oil according to Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) which The Carpet Recyclers is a member.

Recycling carpet in California also has the potential to eliminate over 9 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.

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