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Carpet recycling company moving to Zion

Stacks used carpeting CLEAR carpeting reycycling business this leaving Northlake by March 1. | Phocourtesy Eugene Knaus

Stacks of used carpeting at CLEAR, a carpeting reycycling business that is leaving Northlake by March 1. | Photo courtesy of Eugene Knaus

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Updated: April 1, 2014 3:32AM

A carpet recycling business in Northlake is moving north.

Carpet Landfill Elimination Recovery Effort is leaving its home of two years at 150 N. Railroad Ave., and relocating to Zion.

The owner, Nick Fiore, is also moving his operations out of Milwaukee and over to Zion, said Eugene Knaus, sales manager. The new location will operate under the name of Midwest Carpet Recycling.

“We need more space to operate,” Knaus said. “The facility we had here is 10,000 square feet. The new one is over 30,000. We’ll have room for trailers and containers.”

The company also aims to work more efficiently at its Zion location.

“It’s a slim profit market,” Knaus said. “We’re only talking pennies. It’s not a high value product.”

Carpet Landfill Elimination Recovery Effort drops offs off industrial-sized shipping containers (think railroad car size) at companies such as Carpet One, Luna and nearby Empire Carpet, which is also in Northlake.

The company brings the used carpet back to its warehouse, sorts it by fiber type — nylon or polypropylene — and ships it out to recycling operations. Those operations then melt the carpet into plastic pellets that are sold to plastic injection molding company’s to be reformed into other products.

In 2011, the company received a $150,000 grant from the state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity that it used to purchase industrial containers. More recently the company received a state grant for $330,000 to use for new equipment.

The company has 14 employees. It will cease operations in Northlake by March 1.

Over its two years in Northlake, the company recycled 2,500 tons of carpet padding and 4,500 tons of carpet, Knaus said.

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