Recycle your retired climbing rope with Sterling

For years Sterling Rope has recycled the nylon waste fiber that is left over from even the most efficient manufacturing processes. Now Sterling can take used dynamic climbing ropes and recycle those as well. Rather than having an old, retired rope sit in the back of your closet or worse, sit in a landfill, you can now return it to Sterling and the company will have it recycled for you through its Rope Recycling Initiative.

Simply send Sterling your retired dynamic climbing ropes from any manufacturer and Sterling will take it from there.

The company will send them to an efficient recycling expert that grinds up, melts down, then repelletizes the nylon so it can be re-made into a variety of items like carpet fiber, telephones, coat hangers, and even children’s toys!


Why should you recycle your rope?

There are lots of reasons, but Sterling feels the top three are:

1) Keep the rope out of the landfill.

2) Keep climbers safe by retiring old rope once and for all.

3) Reuse the petroleum-based nylon for something else.


Where do I send my rope?

Simply send your retired rope to the address below:

Sterling Rope Company, Inc.

c/o: Rope Recycling Program

26 Morin Street

Biddeford, ME 04005-4413


To learn more about Sterling Rope's Recycling Recycling Initiative, check them out:

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Bill S
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January 13, 2010 at 10:28 p.m. (EST)

Ok, good on them! Now, what is the cheapest way to get the ropes to them for recycling? Can I just take a stack of ropes to their booth at the OR Show next weeK (probably not)? Given that a rope is a few pounds and somewhat bulky, I suspect that sending it all the way to Maine isn't exactly free. Their website doesn't say anything about "free shipping" the way HP and some other electronic firms do (HP has a label inside the box of new laser toner cartridges to put the used one in the box and just drop it at the nearest UPS store, and a plastic bag mailer for ink-jet cartridges, plus here in Palo Alto, we can take old electronics - computers, printers, TVs, stereo gear, etc - to several places that take e-waste, including Goodwill, GreenWaste - our trash collection service, and a couple companies that come to the doorstep once a month each).

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January 13, 2010 at 11:03 p.m. (EST)

More info from

*Note: From time to time, select Authorized Sterling Rope Retail partners will be offering a Redemption Incentive program in addition to our ongoing efforts.

What's Next?
Going forward, Sterling Rope would like to make our rope recycling service available at ALL major climbing events and festivals! In an effort to minimize the amount of transportation that the retired ropes go through to get back to us, we feel these events are the perfect place to consolidate ropes as the climbers will already be traveling to the venue, thus eliminating a "special" trip to a store just to recycle a cord. So, keep your eyes peeled at the next comp or festival!

Of course, we encourage reusing rope on your own to make dog leashes, rugs, and tie-downs; however, please be sure a retired rope is never used as a life-safety line. Also, know that countless miles of rope is produced every year between all of the various brands so simply reusing the old rope is not enough to reduce it's impact on our environment.

Together we can make a difference!

Please email if you have any questions or comments.

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