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RE: recycling polyester

Hi Mike, I guess I assumed the guy asking the question had done the basic, like look it up on google. 
60 tons a month would be worth over $120,000 at that price you quote, thats some good bucks!
Burton Hamner
Cleaner Production International LLC
206-491-0945,  wbhamner@cleanerproduction.com
5534 30th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Fax (215) 565-4558

From: owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net] On Behalf Of Callahan, Mike
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 4:47 PM
To: Burt Hamner; p2tech (p2tech)
Subject: RE: recycling polyester

Hi Burt,
I hear there's this great thing call the internet and google.  :) I put in the words polyester and recycling and my first hit was the Polyester Recycling Exchange at http://www.plasticx.com/a/px0515.html .  Scrap polyester fabric is worth $0.09 per pound in 40,000 pound truckloads.  Other types go for much more.  Talk about low hanging fruit.
Mike Callahan, PE
Jacobs Engineering
1111 S. Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena CA 91105
Business: (626) 568-7005
Fax: (626) 568-7079
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From: owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net]On Behalf Of Burt Hamner
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 4:14 PM
To: p2tech (p2tech)
Subject: FW: recycling polyester

I believe this is fabric trimming waste.  Prevention is hard as almost anyone in the textile biz uses optimization tools to minimize the fabric that gets cut.  60 tons / month of scrap is quite a bit.  Anyone know of a proven alternative to landfilling for this stuff?

Burton Hamner
Cleaner Production International LLC
5534 30th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Fax (215) 565-4558

From: Jeff Hayes [mailto:jeff@the-vector-group.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 3:30 PM
To: wbhamner@cleanerproduction.com
Subject: recycling polyester

Well Burt, I’ve done it!  My first legitimate business greening client.  I absolutely couldn’t have closed them without the training I received at Green Business Boot Camp!  (feel free to use that as a testimonial)


They’re sending about 60 tons of fabric per month to the landfill and its making them crazy.  We’re starting by focusing on polyester (10 tons per month).  My assignment is to turn that waste into value.  


Do you know any industrial scale polyester recyclers?  My client does a lot of business in Asia and India, so getting it over there is easy if that’s where your connections are. 





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