The South Carolina Carpet Recovery Coalition encourages post-consumer carpet recycling by cities, counties and businesses in the state.

South Carolina is a leader for carpet recycling in the Southeast with several hundred million pounds of carpet recycling capacity. Nearly 40,000 tons of carpet and carpet padding were processed by South Carolina companies in 2013. Some local governments in SC are early adopters of carpet recovery programs. For instance, Horry County Solid Waste Authority has recycled almost 1 million pounds of post-consumer carpet and padding recycled since 2012. They collected almost 210 tons of carpet and almost 38 tons of padding the the first six months of FY14.

South Carolina employs an estimated 1,280 workers in the carpet recycling and recovery industry. Nationally, the carpet recycling industry employs 3,300 workers who turn carpet into new products.

Fast Facts

  • Carpets can be made into fiber to produce new items such as carpet, carpet padding, and erosion-control products
  • Face fiber is the most valuable for carpet recycling (nylon is the most valuable of the face fibers; polyester is the least)
  • Types of face fiber are Nylon 6, 6 Nylon 6, Polypropylene and Polyester