Keeping Carpet Out of Landfills

Carpet in Landfill

Carpet takes over 50 years to decompose in landfills.

Over five billion pounds of carpet end up in our landfills each year, according to the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE).

Most of this carpet disposal is from office buildings, retail establishments, public venues, and government facilities.  In fact, It is estimated that commercial carpet disposal it ranges from 75% to 90% of all carpet disposal.

On average, carpet accounts for just about 1 percent of all municipal solid waste by weight.  But in the landfill, it is one of the more bulkier items.

Since carpet takes over 50 years to decompose, many landfills no longer accept carpet.

CLS supports a dual-track for decreasing the amount of carpet that ends up in landfills.  First, we maintain your carpeted surfaces to provide the longest life possible.  We have customers with carpet that is nearly 20 years old.

Second, when you need to replace your carpet, we will recommend local recycling resources. Who knows where you might find that recycled carpet, as it is used in a number of products, such as:

  • Composite lumber (decking and sheets)
  • Tile backer board
  • Roofing shingles
  • Railroad ties
  • Automotive parts
  • Carpet Cushion
  • Stepping stones

Check out some of the other reclamation opportunities for carpet recycling, such as substitute for natural hay bales on construction sites, fencing, sound barriers, and landscaping systems to name a few.

How to Avoid Frequent Carpet Replacement Costs

With proper maintenance program, carpet can last up to 20 years!

You do not need to replace the carpet in your facility every few years… CLS has long-time customers with carpet that is over 12 years old … but still looks brand new.  Some of our buildings have carpet that is even older, and still looks like it was just installed.  They have reaped the financial benefits of avoiding frequent carpet replacement.

The truth? Carpet should have a much longer lifespan than 7 or 8 years.   It often ends up in landfills long before its time, because it has not been properly maintained.

Although the Carpet and Rug Institute advises consumers that their residential carpet should last 10 to 15 years, we have commercial customers with carpet that old … even with the wear and tear of a commercial environment.

The secret?  As soon as the new carpet is installed, CLS implements a carpet preventative maintenance program to properly maintain it and give it the longest life possible.

Improper maintenance leads to the needs to replace carpet sooner, and is typically seen in the heavy traffic areas of a facility with evidence of surface texture breakdown and matting.  Matting is usually the result of the fibers untwisting and the yarn tips intermingling.  The most likely cause of matting is improper maintenance, although it can also be caused by improper cushion, and cushion failure.

The result of proper carpet maintenance?  You’ll enjoy carpeting that does not experience pre-mature matting, fiber breakdown, and soiling … and can last up to 10, 15, or 20 years or more! Plus, facilities can gain LEED points for extending the life of carpet (considered building material) and keeping it out of landfills.

The cost? The total amount spent over the years for maintaining the carpet is significantly less than replacement.

Are you investing in new carpet after seven or eight years?  Then you need to find out about the CLS carpet preventative maintenance program, that includes carpet cleaning with our regular service agreements.  We give our building owners the longest wearing carpet possible while decreasing carpet replacement costs.

Call Cleaner Living Services in Lisle, IL today and see how long you can keep your carpet looking new!