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Can nylon be recycled?

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January 07, 2009 5:25AM

Of course, Nylon is a thermoplastic and can be reground to pellet size and re-processed. Similar to any thermoplastic. The main issues with Nylon are the fact that there are so many nylon materials, Nylon 6, Nylon 66, Nylon 11, Nylon 6/12, Nylon 12 and so on. In the case of Polyethylene there are only a few options Low density, Medium density, High density as well as UHMW, and the applications are very limiting. Therefore the Nylon issue is more troubling. What we use for carpet and cloths is much more dynamic when it comes to Nylon. The real answer will come from a few questions: do you have enough of one single product to recycle and is it clothing or is the product of a more rigid standard like an automotive intake manifold. The last question is what color is the product and if there is more than one the only color they would be able to make from the multi colored materials is Black.