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PCC Wins World Energy Globe Award For Carpet Recycling Program

Post Consumer Carpet Processing Technologies LLC (PCC), Quogue, N.Y., has been named one of three winners in the Earth category of the World Energy Globe Award, an award honoring environmentally sustainable projects from around the world in five categories including Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Youth. The only winner from the United States, PCC’s post-consumer carpet recycling technology was one of 853 projects from 109 countries submitted for consideration.

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The technology was developed by PCC co-owners Frank J. Levy, president of Quogue-based textile machinery distributor Stellamcor Inc., and Sergio Dell’Orco, president of Italy-based textile recycling machinery manufacturer Dell’Orco & Villani S.r.l. By separating petroleum-based carpet fiber such as nylon 6,6 and others from petroleum-based backing and enabling their reuse, each machinery line can divert up to 30 million pounds of used carpet annually from landfills, also reducing energy consumption and the need to use virgin petroleum for new product. The first line was commissioned at Atlanta-based carpet manufacturer Interface Inc.’s plant in LaGrange, Ga., in September 2007, and Interface expects to install additional lines soon (See “ Universal Fibers, InterfaceFLOR Team To Recycle Nylon 6,6,” Textile World News, July/August 2007).

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PCC Line: Each PCC carpet-separating line can divert up to 30 million pounds of used carpet annually from landfills.

According to PCC, an estimated 5 billion pounds of non-biodegradable used carpet is sent to landfills each year. That volume is equal to 1 mile by 1 mile by 100 feet. “If incinerated, the carpets will release toxic chemicals,” Levy said. “If accumulated, they never will disintegrate, posing terrible problems for future generations.”

“By reusing the [carpet] components, business people can be both profitable and socially responsible,” added Dell’Orco. “We hope the recognition from this award will stimulate companies and governments to help clean up the Earth’s landfills.”

The 2007 World Energy Globe Awards will be presented on May 26, 2008, at the European Parliament in Brussels by European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering and former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. The gala event will be broadcast globally on television and is expected to be accessible to 2.5 billion households.

April 8, 2008