LANDFILL DIVERSION PROGRAM
Over A Century Of Environmental Stewardship
Continuing our heritage of over a century of environmental stewardship, and our "No Carpet to Landfill Pledge", established in 2002, Milliken is pleased to offer a variety of new programs to support landfill diversion.
WHY IS IT GOOD?
Diverting carpet from landfill is good for the environment, good for the economy and good for humanity. Milliken embraces our social and environmental responsibility to divert carpet from the landfill, and strives to provide easy and simple ways for our customers to divert their carpet. For every 250,000 yards of carpet that is diverted from landfill, we are saving over 5,500 cubic yards of landfill space. Carpet is estimated to make up 2% of volume of materials in landfills, and most carpet is not biodegradable, therefore it will not breakdown. Without intervention, the expected amount of discarded carpet in 2014 alone would be 6.7 billion pounds. When you divert carpet from landfill with Milliken, you can be assured that we will follow the Carpet America Recovery Effort (C.A.R.E) guidelines.
*Source: CARE Environmental Calculator 2012
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY CARPET?
There are different avenues the carpet can take to prevent it from going to landfill. Some of the alternatives include, but are not limited to- recycling into new carpet, reusing in another building, down-cycling into other products, donating to non-profit organizations and sending to waste-to-energy facilities. Our partners will work closely with national CARE Certified collectors and recyclers to determine the most economical and feasible way to divert the carpet from going to a landfill, based on face fiber, backing type, and carpet conditions. Actual method of landfill diversion will not be known until the quote process is complete. We will work exclusively with the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) certified collectors and recyclers when reusing or recycling carpet.
MILLIKEN CARPET HAS TWO OPTIONS FOR LANDFILL DIVERSION
When carpet cannot be reused, it will need to be recycled. This process is not free, primarily due to the freight required to move the product from the user to the recycler. To start the recycling process, our landfill diversion form needs to be completed/submitted and an 8”x8” sample of the product to be recycled mailed. The sample is necessary to determine the exact construction of carpet and the correct recycling method for the carpet type. Once you select the appropriate option (reuse or recycle) for the existing carpet and the necessary form is completed, click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the form and it will be automatically emailed to our Landfill Diversion coordinator.
If the carpet has been well maintained, and could be reused, we work with local partners all over North America to reuse gently worn carpet. Often any costs associated are related to freight from the job site to a local reuse partner. To initiate this process, fill out the Milliken Reuse form and include a few good pictures with the form. In most cases, we can find the used carpet a new home.Once you select the appropriate option (reuse or recycle) for the existing carpet and the necessary form is completed, click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the form and it will be automatically emailed to our Landfill Diversion coordinator.
REMOVAL SERVICES OFFERED
Trailer Drop Off - Long Term
Instead of renting dumpsters and disposing of your carpet into the landfill, call us to have one of our partners provide you with a trailer. The trailer will be dropped at the jobsite for loading and will hold between 4,000 and 5,000 yards of carpet, which would fill about three, 30-yard dumpsters. The trailer will arrive and remain at the job site until all carpet is placed on the trailer and ready to be removed. The carpet must meet the receiving requirements found at the end of this document. If receiving requirements are not meet, the client may be responsible for the costs associated with repairing the issue.
Live Load - Short Term
Our partners will be able to provide pick up services for your smaller carpet jobs. The trailer will come to the job site, pick up the carpet and leave all within the same day. If the job takes more than a single day, additional charges will apply. There will be an hourly labor charge added to your invoice if the partner’s staff must load the carpet. All carpet must meet the receiving requirements found at the end of this document. If receiving requirements are not followed the client may be responsible for the costs associated with repairing the issue.
ACCESSING AND EMAILING QUOTE REQUEST
To start the process of diverting your carpet from landfill by recycling, you must first save a copy of the Quote Request Form PDF to your computer. Once you complete the form, simply click on the "Save & Submit" button on the form, and an email with the attachment and correct subject line will automatically be created. If for any reason your system does not support the automatic “Save & Submit” function, save the form to your computer then attach it to an e-mail addressed to “[email protected]” with the subject line "Milliken Carpet Landfill Diversion Program". A response acknowledging the request will be sent within one business day of receipt of the application.
A physical sample of carpet that will be removed is required to
ensure our partners know exactly what type of carpeting and
backing so they can determine the most economical and feasible way
to keep the carpet out of a landfill. Please send roughly an 8" x
8" sample or samples of all carpet being removed to:
Doug Chezem, 1712 Minters Chapel, Grapevine TX, 76051
Once we receive the physical carpet samples, you will receive an official quote within 72 business hours.
HOW IS PAYMENT HANDLED?
The carpet will be handled in the most economical and feasible way to divert it from landfill based on project location, face fiber, and backing type. Items that will affect the cost of landfill diversion include but not limited to the amount of carpet, location of nearest landfill diversion site, cost of landfill diversion and type of carpet and backing. Payment arrangements must be agreed upon prior to service appointment.
FINISHING THE JOB
Once the job is complete, Milliken will remove the trailer from the job site and take it to landfill diversion facility, which will be pre-determined during the quote process. We will invoice for the total amount of carpet diverted. After payment is received, a certificate of the total amount of carpet diverted from the landfill will be sent to the designated recipient and a permanent record will be kept at Milliken.