ICS Magazine

DuPont Commercial Flooring carpet recycling capabilities expanded

September 26, 2001
DuPont completes an environmental initiative to upgrade and expand its nylon carpet reclamation center.

ATLANTA, Ga. -- DuPont (NYSE:DD) has announced the successful completion of an environmental initiative to upgrade and expand its nylon carpet reclamation center in Calhoun, Ga.

In addition to receiving, sorting, baling and packaging used carpet, the world's largest recycler of nylon since1991has added equipment to recover nylon at the facility.

The material recycled by DuPont (www.antron.dupont.com) is used to manufacture carpet fiber, resilient flooring tiles and carpet cushion.

In August, the facility reached its full operational potential of producing 1,000 pounds of recovered nylon per hour. The process involves recovering a clean nylon 6,6 resin from used nylon carpet recovered in the DuPont Carpet Reclamation Program. The facility is capable of sorting up to 50,000,000 pounds of used carpet per year.

"Combining both the sorting and recycling processes in one location vastly reduces the energy, time and costs it takes to complete the recycling process," said Dave Bouton, business director, DuPont Commercial Fiber. "This expansion demonstrates the commitment by DuPont to implement successful environmental initiatives. Before any alterations are made to our programs and processes, DuPont considers the total impact of those changes on the environment without affecting the performance of its fiber."

Since 1991, the DuPont's program has reclaimed more than 60 million pounds of carpet, leading the industry with the first and only viable carpet reclamation program that reclaims and recycles all types of used commercial carpet.

Recognized for its contribution to furthering environmental progress, DuPont was recently named by Fortune magazine as the most socially responsible company in their America's Most Admired.