Nylon (Polyamide)

The family of nylons consists of several different types. Nylon 6/6, nylon 6, nylon 6/10, nylon 6/12, nylon 11, nylon 12, and nylon 6-6/6 copolymer are the most common. Of these, nylon 6/6 and nylon 6 dominate the market (Plastics Technology Center). Nylon has the following physical properties:

  • Very good heat resistance
  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Excellent wear resistance
  • Moderate to high price
  • Fair to easy processing


Estimates are not available for the amount of nylon used as manufacturing feedstock in California. In general, nylon could be used in the manufacture of the following commodities:

  • Electrical connector
  • Gear, slide, cams and bearings
  • Cable ties and film packaging
  • Fluid reservoirs
  • Fishing line, brush bristles
  • Automotive oil pans
  • Fabric, carpeting, sportswear
  • Sports and recreational equipment



  • Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. (SPI) is a trade association of over 2,000 members representing all segments of the plastics industry in the United States.
  • Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is a network of plastics professionals around the world promoting the knowledge and education of plastics and polymers.
  • Vehicle Recycling Partnership (VRP) was formed by the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) to identify and peruse research and development efforts to promote the recycling of motor vehicles. Chrysler, Ford and General Motors formed USCAR to work together on shared technological and environmental concerns.
  • Advanced Recovery is a company involved in recycling scrap materials, specifically dangerous CRTs and electronic equipment.
  • American Plastics Council (APC) is the major national trade association representing the U.S. plastics industry on resource conservation issues.
  • Mat Web is an online materials information resource.