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June 2012 WRED Event


In the Loop: The NW Carpet Recycling Value Chain

June 21, 2012

More than 100,000 tons of carpet enter the waste stream in Washington each year, and about 98 percent is disposed in landfills. However, carpet recycling is on the rise. During the past two years, carpet recycling has become a more viable practice. As carpet processing (separating constituent materials) has increased in the Pacific Northwest, more carpet sellers and installers are able to divert used carpeting for recycling. Hauling companies and sorting facilities have an increased role in moving carpet to processors, and a growing number of companies create new products from the carpet-derived materials. The carpet recycling value chain now exists and continues to develop in our region.

Recognizing this significant milestone in carpet recycling,
King County Solid Waste Division and Seattle Public Utilities teamed up with the Washington State Recycling Association to present a half-day exhibition and informational summit, "In the Loop: The NW Carpet Recycling Value Chain.” 



  • Terry Gillis of Recovery 1, a construction and demolition sorting and processing facility, explained how his company utilizes advanced technology to sort and process carpet for recycling markets. He shared his experience with tough issues such as successfully addressing contamination of carpet with asbestos from other building materials. View/download the presentation.
  • Karl Englund of Washington State University's Composite Materials Engineering Center (CMEC) spoke about ongoing efforts to improve equipment, processing and testing of products made from recycled carpet. In particular, CMEC is investigating ways to convert recycled carpet into various energy fuels, and Karl talked about providing secondary processing to put carpet in a form that manufacturers could use in new products. View/download the presentation



Removal, Collection and Hauling: Division 9 Flooring, Empire Today, Washington State Floor Covering Association

Sorting and Consolidating: CDL Recycle, Pacific Urethane, NW Carpet Recycling Project, CARE, Recovery 1

Processing: Mohawk, Carpet Collectors, Tandus

End Markets: Puget Lite Pavers, Agrestal Designs, Aquafil, Washington Department of Commerce, Mannington





This Washington Recycles Every Day event was made possible with the generous support of the following sponsors. Thank you!


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