Innovative California startup creates true figure eight in the circular economy

Innovative California startup creates true figure eight in the circular economy

March 6, 2019
Marcia González

The answer to chemical recycling feed-stock availability is quite literally beneath your feet

A team of recycling industry veterans has formed a new company, Circular Polymers, to supply the chemical recycling industry with high-quality feed-stock made from post-consumer carpet and other plastic that would have been destined for landfill.

The Lincoln, California-based Circular Polymers has the exclusive rights to a proprietary carpet recycling technology developed by Broadview Group International (BGI). The technology disassembles the carpet then cleans the fibers, in doing so maximizing yield while providing enhanced quality. All carpet types, including nylon 6, nylon 66, PET and polypropylene, can be processed.

“Chemical recycling is the solution to global demand for recycled feed-stocks in a circular economy,” suggested David Bender, Circular Polymers CEO. “We understand that chemical recycling operations require the conversion of waste into a raw material with strictly defined specifications. With more than 25% of all recycled bottles getting downcycled into carpet and fiber, we have created a figure eight in the circular economy, enabling upcycling of carpet into bottles.

The company’s new facility will process some 30,000,000lbs of carpet a year. “We expect to grow significantly,” added Nick Fiore, president. “The chemical recycling industry is in its infancy. Four billion pounds of carpet landfilled annually provides the feed-stock for growth.”

PureCycle Technologies, an offtake partner of Circular Polymers, is commercializing a patented recycling process that transforms plastic waste feed-stock into virgin-like resin. “What we need to make the circular economy a reality is innovators at all levels of the supply chain. What Circular Polymers has done with processing post-consumer carpet back into raw materials for chemical recyclers is not only revolutionary, but an incredible model for us all, considering the large volumes of feed-stock that are being landfilled today.”

In addition to providing feed-stock for chemical recycling, Circular Polymers’ fiber can also be further mechanically processed as a feed-stock pellet for automotive, injection molding and other upcycled applications.

The circular economy will be a key topic of discussion at this year’s Plastic Free World Conference & Expo, which takes place from Thursday 27 June to Friday 28 June, at the Kap Europa, Frankfurt Messe, Frankfurt, Germany. To register for this highly focused and solutions-driven event, please click here. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please email

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