916 Floors, currently co-owned by Pavlo Pavlyuk and his father, who started the business in 2002, is a flooring retailer in the greater Sacramento area focused on the residential sector. Its Cycle 3M CARE grant funded the purchase of a specialized trailer that will allow flooring contractors to source-separate post-consumer carpet at job sites and haul it directly to a local recycler, often saving labor hours and expense.
Location: Roseville, California
Project Timeline: September 2020 – January 2021
Grant Amount and Match: $15,000, with in additional $3,000 by 916 Floors.
Total Cost of Project: $18,000
Conscious of the tight spaces and narrow streets that often characterize residential flooring work, 916 Floors owner Pavlo Pavlyuk interviewed installers to find out what would help them recycle carpet. His findings led to the idea for the custom dump-box, which he plans to patent. At just seven feet wide, the dump-box wheels don’t stick out. Towing mirrors are not needed, and parking is easy in narrow streets and residential neighborhoods. With its slim profile, the dump box takes up the same space as an average sedan. A wireless hydraulic tilt system makes it easier to load and unload and eliminates the need for stairs or a ramp.
When first looking to recycle more carpet, 916 Floors purchased a dump trailer, but that did not always keep the carpet dry. So they approached a company to make a custom-built trailer. While buying an off-the-shelf trailer would have been faster, Pavlyuk feels it was well worth the extra time to have the custom trailer built to his specifications.
Project Benefits and Outcomes
The trailer holds 20 cubic yards of carpet and pad, Pavlyuk notes the time savings, “The average installer takes three to four days to fill this trailer and then makes one trip to a recycler.”The grant is expected to result in an additional 470,000 pounds of carpet collected annually for recycling by 916 Floors.
This is one of a series of case studies that illustrate the impact of grant funding on the carpet recycling industry in California.
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