BASF STARTS RECYCLING PROGRAM

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BASF Corp. recently added a carpet recycling program to complement its 6ix Again Recycling Program started in 1994.

The 6ix Again Expansion Program is designed for customers who install a 6ix Again-brand carpet but have existing carpet that cannot be recycled using the 6ix Again recycling process.

``At BASF, we realize that when specifying BASF Nylon 6ix fiber today, its installation may result in disposal of existing carpet that does not qualify under the current 6ix Again Recycling Program,'' Timothy Blount, manager of the 6ix Again Recycling Program, said in a news release.

With the expanded program, even ineligible carpet can be returned, and recycled, if a viable method is available. If not, the carpet will be incinerated and, if possible, used as substitute fuel. The recycling or disposal costs are paid directly to BASF, or are incorporated into fees charged by the end user's flooring contractor for removal services.

The offices at BASF's Chattanooga, Tenn., plant were the first to participate in the new program. The plant's manufacturing process reduces residual volatile organic chemicals by 95 percent, according to BASF.

Its 6ix Again Recycling Program is based on a patented process for recycling old BASF Nylon 6ix carpet fiber into nylon for new applications. The company claims this is the first comprehensive recycling program of commercial carpet in the United States and Canada.

To qualify for the original program, carpet must have been manufactured after Feb. 1, 1994, contain 100 percent Zeftron-brand Nylon 6ix yarn and be labeled as a BASF 6ix Again recyclable product.

Blount has been named manager of carpet recycling.

BASF, based in Dalton, Ga., had sales of $6.2 billion last year.