Carpet, carpet tiles, and padding are commonly produced using petroleum-based synthetic materials like Nylon, Polypropylene, PET and urethane foam. As a result, it can be recycled into various products such as new carpeting, composite lumber (both decking and sheets), tile backer board, roofing shingles, railroad ties, automotive parts, carpet cushion and stepping stones among others.
The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) was founded in 2002 by the carpet industry, several states, the federal EPA and NGOs to find market-based solutions for the recycling and reuse of post-consumer carpeting. Read more about their mission by clicking here.
Some carpet manufacturers will take back their own products for recycling and may even collect carpet produced by competitors. Follow the links below for examples and look to other manufacturers for similar programs: