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Aquafil turns its attention to carpet waste

Italian yarn company Aquafil is to invest $10 million in a new carpet recycling facility in Phoenix, US, which will allow it to transform nylon 6 waste into usable raw material.

The company has already converted hundreds of tonnes of discarded fishing nets into its Econyl nylon product. The technology used to do so will now be applied to carpet waste. 

Aquafil says the facility will have the capacity to collect and treat more than 15 million kilos of carpet each year. It is expected to create around 50 jobs. 

“We’re not comfortable with the status quo – in this case that less than five per cent of carpet waste is recycled,” explained Aquafil CEO Giulio Bonazzi.

The recycling facility is designed to help Aquafil move closer to its goal of producing its Econyl yarn from 100% post-consumer waste. 

“We want to recycle as much carpet as possible by establishing a number of these facilities throughout the US,” said Mr Bonazzi. “This activity will be closely connected to our fishing nets recycling efforts, which diverts millions of pounds of waste from our oceans.”