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Re: recycling polyester

Two contacts.

Bob Peoples at the Carpet-Rug Institute is very
knowledgable about recycling possibilities.

Also try David Pendelbury who is a jobber that
recycles many tons of textile waste. He may
not be able to help in your locale, but will know the
players in that area.  His company is Harmony Industries.

Of course, much of this depends on the details of
the material and how it is sorted.

Henry Boyter, Jr., PhD
Director of EHS Services
Institute of Textile Technology
NCSU College of Textiles
Box 8301
2401 Research Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695-8301

----- Original Message ----- From: Burt Hamner
To: p2tech (p2tech)
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 7:13 PM
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
206-491-0945,  wbhamner@cleanerproduction.com
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.


The Vector Group - Accelerating the Growth of Green Business
Jeff Hayes, Principal

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