DFS Flooring is teaming with the Antron® Reclamation Program to make carpet reclamation easy, economical and accessible to everyone. Regardless of make, manufacturer, construction or fiber type, we're accepting all types of carpet and any quantity — large or small. The Environmental Impact? Enormous. To date, the Antron® Reclamation Program has collected over 100 million pounds of carpet — that's over 400,000 cubic yards of conserved landfill space. The energy saved alone is enough to power more than 13,000 homes for a full year.
“The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value.”
The INVISTA Reclamation Program
In 1985 INVISTA began efforts to aggressively recycle nylon. Committed to sustainable life cycle practices, they led a concerned team of carpet manufacturers, specifiers, end users and contractors to find new ways to put used carpet back to work. In 1991, INVISTA opened their reclamation center for business. Since then, the INVISTA Reclamation Program has diverted more than 100 million pounds of used carpet resulting in more than 400,000 cubic yards of conserved landfill space.
INVISTA's nationwide reclamation program will collect and reclaim any used carpet and installation scraps – ALL fiber types, ALL carpet construction types, from ANY manufacturer. And, NO carpet will be sent to landfill. Knowing how important it is for customers to understand the truth behind published information, INVISTA sought a recognized third party organization to verify their reclamation statements. The program was thoroughly audited which included an onsite inspection.
It is now the first of its kind to be certified by an independent third party, Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). Defined as a carpet reclamation and processing facility, the SCS certification warrants that INVISTA has a strong, viable practice in place.
Making the Difference
The principal advantages of recycling are realized through the conservation of natural resources and the reduction of pollution due to reduced extraction of raw materials and manufacturing processes. And, by converting waste into valuable products, reclamation and recycling now contribute to local and national economies through the creation of an estimated one million manufacturing jobs and over $100 billion in revenue (epa.gov).
Of course, the strongest environmental statement any one of us can make is to specify high performance products that are durable and have an extended service life. It's important to remember that “sustainability” by definition is any practice that would ensure the continued viability of a product well into the future. A carpet of Antron®, the most specified brand of carpet fi ber, is engineered to look and perform better for a longer period of use than any other carpet.
By measuring multiple attributes over the product's life cycle, Antron® received third-party certification by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) as an Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP). Environmentally Preferable Products are defined by Executive Order 13101 as a product that has a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared to other products that serve the same purpose.
A product that performs well can yield the best life cycle and lowest total environmental impact.
INVISTA will provide a certificate of reclamation which guarantees that your used carpet will not be sent to a landfill.
It's ahead of the game.
Many local and state governments are scurrying to meet waste reduction goals. Stress on the land and management of waste material will continue to penetrate the private and public sectors in the form of new laws and regulations. Changing your practice today will help you move seamlessly into the future.
It's good business.
Be a good neighbor — in addition to helping you meet state and local waste reduction goals, reclamation means less stress on your community's infrastructure. Over time, it will help reduce the need for expensive new landfill and incineration facilities to be constructed thus conserving your community's assets.