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Carpet Industry Government Unite To Increase Recycling

Carpet Industry, GovernmentUnite To Increase RecyclingSignifying a new approach to protecting the environment, carpet and fiber manufacturers, the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), state governments, non-governmental organizations and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently united and voluntarily signed the National Carpet Recycling Agreement. The agreement the first of its kind in the United States aims to eliminate landfill disposal and incineration of used carpet. Government and industry worked for more than two years crafting the agreement.Since the agreement is entirely voluntary, carpet manufacturers are able to define the best approach for achieving a 40-percent landfill diversion goal in the agreements 10-year span, said Elizabeth Cotsworth, director, Office of Solid Waste, EPA.In addition to reducing the burden on landfills more than 2.5 million tons of carpet are discarded every year carpet recycling and reuse reduces the consumption of raw materials and reduces gas emissions.Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., estimates that its carpet-recycling program saves more than 700,000 barrels of oil per year, and conserves 4.4 billion British thermal units (BTUs) of energy.From 1993 to 1999, CollinsandAikman Floorings Inc., Dalton, Ga., reduced greenhouse gas emissions from its plants by 22 million pounds through its recycling efforts.The carpet industry has established a third-party organization, Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), to aid manufacturers in the recovery effort. CARE will help establish collection systems for used consumer carpet. February 2002




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