CARE Grantee Planet Recycling, Inc. Wins Arrow Award

Posted on August 29, 2017

Recognized for Achievement in Coalition Building by California Product Stewardship Council

Rachel Palopoli with Manuel Medrano, Sr. Recycling Specialist with the City of Chula Vista, at Planet Recycling

CARE grantee and valued recycling partner Planet Recycling (Chula Vista) has been awarded the 2017 Bow & Arrow Award for Coalition Building, presented by the California Product Stewardship Council. The custom-designed award, made of recycled materials by Bay Area artist Ellen Blakeley, was presented at CPSC’s Arrow Awards ceremony on August 22 at the California Resource Recovery Association Annual Conference and Tradeshow in San Diego. The annual Arrow Awards recognize innovative product stewardship programs, and outstanding partnerships in product stewardship, and serve to inspire organizations to integrate principles of product stewardship in their operations.

After 18 years in the carpet recycling business (in Arizona and California), Planet Recycling, Inc’ s motto is “Recycling Your World, Saving Our Planet, One Yard at a Time!” The award went to Planet Recycling in recognition of:

  • Their partnership with two San Diego landfills to promote carpet reuse and recycling by directing it to manufacturers or remanufacturers.
  • Their work with Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, to which they supply carpet for reuse in support of the non-profit’s mission.
  • Their extensive stakeholder education efforts, informing consumers, retailers, installers, homeowners, city agencies and contractors about the opportunities and benefits of carpet recycling.

“I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the Planet Recycling team,” noted owner Rachel Palopoli. “For 10 years now in Chula Vista, California, our company has been dedicated to fostering the partnerships that lead to increased reuse and recycling of carpet, which makes for a cleaner, healthier, less wasteful world.”

Planet Recycling has been an active participant with CARE since its inception. Owner Rachel Palopoli serves on the California Council on Carpet Recycling. The company received a Micro-Grant this year to purchase four 40-yard roll-off containers to increase localized collection of post-consumer carpet at retail sites in San Diego.