Large retailers, generating post-consumer carpet, can benefit from an on-site container specifically for carpet and pad recycling. Moto’s Transportation, an established hauling/transport company in the Sacramento area, created an avenue for local retailers to dispose of post-consumer carpet, generating an additional capacity to their services. The CARE capital grant funded the purchase of 12 trailers to place at local retailers and two trucks to haul carpet for processing at a local recycler.
Location: Greater Sacramento
Timeline: June 30, 2019 – September 30, 2020
CARE Grant Amount: $150,000
The COVID-19 pandemic led to a slowdown in demand as some retailers temporarily closed or saw declines in business.
Project Benefits and Outcome
The volume of carpet collected increased significantly and quickly. By Q1 2020, 3.67 million additional pounds of carpet was collected and 3.59 million pounds in Q2 2020.
Trailers dedicated for carpet collection facilitated source separation, while simultaneously enabling retailers a significant financial benefit from the expense of sending carpet to landfill. Moto was able to grow from servicing ten retail customers to thirty in less than a year.
“The CARE grant helped me expand my business. Applying for the CARE grant was pretty simple; my administrative team was able to easily navigate through the system.”
–Nelson Moto, President, Moto’s Transportation
- Moto leveraged established relationships to place all 12 trailers within a few months.
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