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How to recycle kevlar

Updated April 17, 2017

A synthetic polymer developed and patented by Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar has found widespread use in recent years. Most notably, it's used for bulletproof vests, as Kevlar is five times stronger than steel. Other uses include underwater cables, parachutes, boats, brake linings and skis. Although military bases sometimes choose disposal over recycling, Kevlar is on the Global Recycling List and many U.S. recycling centres will accept it. There are also recycling exchanges where you can swap, buy or sell Kevlar scrap. With a little legwork, you'll be able to recycle your Kevlar and help the earth all at once.

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  1. Look into Brent Industries. If you're in the military or law enforcement, you can send your Kevlar here. They will process and recycle it into another industrial application. Contact them at 419-382-8693.

  2. Consider RecycleNet. A company that fosters scrap exchange, they provide free listings for scrap Kevlar. Contact them at 801-531-0404.

  3. Contact Harmony Recycling online. They recycle Kevlar and will send a truck to you if you are located in the U.S. or parts of Canada.

  4. Call your local recycling centre. They will tell you if their facility accepts Kevlar. If they don't accept it, they can steer you to a centre that does.

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About the Author

Roberta Dunn began her writing career in 1997. Her short films have screened at the Silver Lake Film Festival and L.A. Shorts Fest, and her short fiction has been recognized by "The Atlantic Monthly" and "Glimmer Train." The recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation grant, Dunn holds a Master of Fine Arts in fiction from Warren Wilson College.

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