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The Italian nylon products firm Aquafil has opened a facility in Phoenix, Arizona, that will recycle up to 16,000 metric tons (t) of old carpet per year. Recovered polypropylene will go to the injection-molding industry, calcium carbonate to road construction, and nylon 6 to Aquafil’s depolymerization facility in Slovenia. Aquafil plans a second recycling facility in California. Less than 3% of the 1.6 million t of carpet discarded in the US each year is recycled, the firm says.
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