Fiber Brokers proudly provides law enforcement and military agencies with an easy way to securely decommission, deconstruct, and recycle their expired body armor. Plus, we work closely with manufacturing companies to purchase and upcycle their technical material scrap.
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If you’re curious about our processing procedures, we’d be happy to provide you with further information — simply reach out to us with your inquiries. We’ve also outlined our basic step-by-step processes below — check out our infographic below, and continue reading to learn more about our procedures for both ballistic and technical material deconstruction and recycling.
For Law Enforcement & Military Agencies
From initial contact to delivering a letter of decommission, we strive to make our process simple, yet secure, so that you can trust your ballistics materials have been disposed of responsibly.
We place value in providing clear communication with our points of contact at the agencies we work with, and we strive to provide excellent customer service as we help you to navigate through the process. Take note, processing ballistics materials may take approximately 30 to 45 days from start to finish — we’ll touch base throughout the process and deliver a letter certifying the destruction of your ballistics materials after they have been processed. We’ve outlined our process below.
Shipping, Securement, & Verification
- Once your bulletproof vests and soft body armor expire, they require secure decommissioning. Reach out to us to get paperwork for your expired ballistics materials.
- Your agency must complete the Enrollment, Receipt, and Destruction (ERD) Request with all specified information. Completed paperwork should be sent to the nearest Fiber Brokers location.
- Vests should be sealed in boxes using tamper-evident tape. The agency can then ship items via common carrier (for example, Fed-Ex, UPS, or DHL). All agency departments should retain tracking records for all shipments and provide this information, as necessary, to maintain a chain of custody of the material.
- Once the items are received at our Fiber Brokers location, your designated point of contact will be notified of the shipment's arrival in its entirety. At this time, the ballistics material is moved to a locked cage for serial number verification and accountability. We will reach out to the point of contact to verify the Accountability Report. Ballistics materials remain in the secured area to ensure all discrepancies (if there are any) are resolved.
Processing, Deconstruction, and Reclamation
- Once verified and approved, Kevlar®, Twaron®, Zylon®, and other para-aramid materials are removed from the vest carriers to be deconstructed and sorted.
- Each material is designated for a specific end use. We never reuse materials for ballistics material manufacturing.
- Deconstructed material is broken down into fibers or pulp, then recycled to manufacture anything from car brakes to fire resistant gloves, etc.
For Manufacturing Companies
We work with manufacturing companies to purchase valuable scrap material that would otherwise become waste. We strive to help companies to become more sustainable while reaching their zero-waste goals. All the while, we aim to make our process simple, so that you can make easy shipment after easy shipment as your company continually manufactures products (and produces scrap). We also provide competitive bids, so that you get the best price for your unused scrap material. Take a closer look at our full process, which we’ve outlined below.
Purchasing, Shipping, and Preparation
- Manufacturers ship sample scraps to the nearest Fiber Brokers location to ensure the materials are eligible for recycling. We’ll reach out to you to let you know which materials can be recycled, and how they may be used. We work with various technical materials, as well as nylon, PC, PC/ABS, PE, PET, and many other synthetic and non-synthetic materials.
- We negotiate prices for your scrap materials, make purchases, and receive your shipments. Again, we provide competitive bids, and hope to earn your business.
- Materials are shipped to our recycling facilities, where each material is cleaned, separated, and sorted.
Processing, Deconstruction, and Reclamation
- Once prepared, materials are designated for a specific end use. As is true with all the materials that we receive, no material is reused for ballistics manufacturing.
- Deconstructed materials are broken down into fibers or pulp, then recycled to manufacture anything from transmissions to FR clothing, etc.
Trust Fiber Brokers
From securely deconstructing ballistics material to aiding manufacturers in achieving their zero-waste goals, you can trust that Fiber Brokers is here to help. We’ve been supporting police and military agencies as well as technical materials manufacturers across North America for over a decade and we look forward to serving you. We hope that our procedures are a bit more transparent, but don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you still have questions. Or, if you’re ready to make the most of your materials, getting started is easy — simply give us a call, and we’ll work with you throughout the process.