Baling wire for recycling carpets

According to the EPA, approximately 3.4 million tons of waste carpet are produced annually in the USA. We proudly support the carpet recycling industry with our high-quality baling wire products.

Our partnership with carpet recyclers

Baling Wire Direct provides baling wire that securely binds large bundles of carpets for transportation and storage. We manufacture wire made from 100% US steel. The enhanced quality of our wire helps recycling operations run smoothly and effectively.

We also promote the recycling of used baling wire. By recycling used wire, recyclers can double down on their green commitment, help conserve precious resources, and decrease their carbon footprint.

Our commitment to sustainable practices, advocacy for the recycling of baling wire, and manufacturing of high-quality products make us a valuable ally to top carpet recyclers.

The future of the carpet recycling market

The carpet recycling industry in the United States has seen positive trends, with programs achieving a 28% recycling rate for post-consumer carpeting.

Technological advances in separation technologies are being researched to generate stronger and cleaner streams of recycled materials from discarded carpets, which should further boost the viability of carpet recycling processes.

While demand for residential carpet is expected to fall, the overall outlook for carpet recycling remains strong as recycling adoption rates increase and consumers trend toward sustainable disposal methods.

The carpet recycling process

The carpet recycling process involves several key steps to divert used flooring from landfills and transform it into reusable materials.

  1. Identification and separation. Collection facilities begin by pinpointing and splitting out the different components in the carpet, such as polypropylene backing material, nylon fiber, and adhesive.
  2. Baling and transportation. The divided elements are compressed into bales by type and shipped to processing facilities.
  3. Cleaning and shredding. Carpeting then undergoes cleaning, shredding, and stripping to ready it for the full recycling operation.
  4. Transformation into pellets. The shredded and stripped materials are converted into polypropylene-rich and nylon-rich streams and processed into pellets.
  5. Manufacturing. The pellets or fibers are then used to manufacture new products such as carpets, carpet tiles, or carpet underlayment.

This carpet recycling process plays a vital role in reducing flooring waste and promoting material reuse, moving toward a circular economy.

The benefits of recycling carpets

The recycling of used carpets offers many environmental and economic benefits, including:

  • Reduction of landfill waste. Precious landfill space can be preserved for non-recyclable waste.
  • Conserves resources. Considerable amounts of water and minerals are saved through recycling carpet material.
  • Energy savings. Repurposing old carpeting consumes much less energy than producing comparable flooring from scratch.
  • Promotes sustainable products. Recycled materials can be used to create sustainable products such as construction supplies and automotive parts, reducing demand for virgin materials.

The challenges of recycling carpets

Several challenges complicate carpet recycling efforts, including:

  • Complex material composition. Flooring contains multiple durable layers such as nylon fiber, polypropylene backing material, and adhesive, making separation and processing technically difficult.
  • Limited recycling outlets. Finding outlets able to handle carpet waste remains an obstacle. Many discarded carpets are still ending up in landfills or taken to incinerators.
  • Energy-intensive recycling. Recycling processes for commercial carpets can be more energy and resource-draining due to material construction.

Despite these challenges, carpet recycling remains an essential process for reducing waste and conserving resources.

Baling wire products used to recycle carpets

We make some of the world's best baling wire products. Many of our products are used by carpet recyclers, including:

  • Black annealed baling wire. Annealed to increase its flexibility, black annealed wire is often used for baling carpets due to its ease of use and ability to handle expansion.
  • Galvanized baling wire. This wire has undergone galvanization to increase its resistance to rust and corrosion, making it a durable choice for carpet recycling operations. We manufacture Class 1 and Class 3 galvanized wire. Class 1 is more economical in the short term, however, we recommend Class 3 wire since it offers significantly increased durability compared to Class 1.
  • Hi-tensile galvanized wire. Particularly useful for baling expansive materials such as carpet cushion, this wire has been manufactured to offer the highest tensile strength.
  • Single loop bale ties. These versatile ties can be cut to any length, making them ideal for baling any volume of carpets. They work with vertical, down-stroke, and horizontal balers.

The baling wire must match the baler type and carpet requirements to ensure efficient, secure baling.

Common types of balers used in carpet recycling

Efficient carpet recycling hinges on having the right baling equipment. Each baler type offers unique advantages that recyclers must consider.

For small-scale operations, vertical balers provide compact, affordable bailing. Their minimal footprint allows installation in tight spaces, while lower costs enable adoption by facilities with limited budgets. However, their smaller batch sizes and manual tie configurations can limit production.

Horizontal balers are suitable for baling large quantities of carpet waste. They come in two main types: manual tie and fully automatic balers. Both types compress the waste horizontally into tight bales. Manual tie balers require single or double loop bale ties to secure bales, while auto-tie balers tie bales automatically.

The right baler choice depends on operation scale, space constraints, and capital liquidity. Well-established facilities may justify investing in automated, industrial-scale horizontal balers to maximize recycling efficiency and outputs at lower per-unit costs.

Our carpet baling wire sizes

We make high-quality baling wire suitable for carpet recycling operations in a wide variety of sizes. Our products are compatible with all baler machinery, including vertical and horizontal balers.

The standard way of sizing wire is by wire gauge. Gauge is inversely related to wire diameter, meaning that a smaller wire diameter corresponds to a higher gauge wire.

Check out the American wire gauge size chart for more information regarding wire gauge.

Carpet baling wire for sale

We make a wide range of carpet baling products. Order bulk quantities of bale ties, stem wire, or box wire. Click on any category to learn more.

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EPA. (2023, November 22). Durable Goods: Product-Specific Data | US EPA. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Retrieved January 16, 2024, from

Paben, J. (2022, September 14). Only US carpet EPR program reports 28% recycling rate. Resource-Recycling. Retrieved January 16, 2024, from

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