RECYCLING WORN AMERICAN NYLON FLAGS
American flags wear out. How do you properly retire and replace a worn American
Flag? U.S. flags have been flying to show pride and dedication to our great nation, but
many people are not familiar with proper ways of disposing worn out United States
Flags. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, millions of nylon American
flags have been made. Never before has recycling and replacement of the worn
American Flag been such an issue. American Flag Recycling was created to inform
consumers of proper ways to recycle American flags.
The most common way to dispose or recycle unserviceable U.S. flags is by burning.
The Ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags was approved through Resolution
No. 440 by the National Convention of The American Legion meeting in New York on
September 20-23, 1937. At that time most American flags were made of cotton or wool.
Today the vast majority of American flags are made of nylon or other petroleum-based
Recycling - A Great Alternative
Recycling American flags is an acceptable alternative. Unfortunately, this respectful way
of disposal has never been promoted. Now is the time and here is why.
Burning American flags made of nylon (a petroleum product) creates hazardous gases
and wastes resources. Ironically, burning American flags increases our dependence on
According to DuPont's "Material Safety Data Sheet" burning nylon produces:
"Hazardous gases/vapors produced in fire are formaldehydes, ammonia, carbon
monoxide, cyclopentanone, oxides of nitrogen, traces of hydrogen cyanide,
incompletely burned hydrocarbons.
(When burning worn American flags) keep personnel removed and upwind of fire. Wear
self-contained breathing apparatus wear full protective equipment."
Fortunately, a new nylon recycling process has been discovered
that converts virtually 100% of a nylon flag back into virgin grade
nylon material which can be made into another new American flag.