CARE Announces $2.4 Million in Grant Awards for Carpet Recycling
On March 10, 2016, the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) and the California Carpet Stewardship Program approved approximately $2.4 million in grant funding for eight capital improvements and three product testing projects that utilize post-consumer carpet. Of the funds available, 88% or $2.1 million, has been awarded to California based projects. Together, the proposed funding will support millions of pounds of additional recycled carpet output and the creation of dozens of new California jobs.
The grant awards will support existing post-consumer carpet processors, new California facilities, and companies experienced in processing other recycled materials. Grant applicants selected for awards are: American Fiber Cushion, Carpet Solutions, GHD, Inc, Landfill Clear, Rethink Green, SafePath Products, Sierra Rubber Company, South Bend Modern Molding, West Coast Rubber Recycling, and XT Green.
In awarding these grants, CARE has selected a diverse range of projects focused on testing and/or producing a number of recycled products from post-consumer carpet including fiber, pellets, carpet derived aggregate, and civil engineering and molded product applications. The range of projects also focuses on recycling various carpet fiber and backing types from both broadloom and carpet tiles, such as nylon 6, nylon 66, polypropylene, calcium carbonate, and polyester.
Each grant application for funding was screened, evaluated and scored by an independent Technical Committee of experts. Funding of proposed projects is contingent upon applicant acceptance and execution of a grant agreement. CARE expects to issue a final “Notice of Proposed Awards” in the coming month, and thanks all the companies that submitted applications in this grant cycle.