The article, “4 Ways to Protect the Planet by Recycling Right,” a collaboration by CARE with three other product stewardship groups, was placed in 43 online media outlets across the state in April-May 2022. The article (view in the Los Angeles Times here) makes the connection between recycling and mitigating climate change and gives basic instruction on how to recycle some tricky items: carpet, paint, mattresses and batteries, along with links to more information.
This is the second such “partner article’ the four product stewardship groups — CARE, PaintCare, Mattress Recycling Council and Call2Recycle — have worked on with a goal of raising awareness with the public that items like carpet, paint, mattresses and batteries can be recycled.
2021 Recyclers of the Year:
GreenWaste Carpet Recycling
2021 Persons of the Year:
Nick Fiore is president of 2019 Recycler of the Year, Circular Polymers. Nick has been an active member of the carpet industry since 1997. He developed and evolved many carpet recycling technologies to explore best practices. As an entrepreneur and financier, Nick has owned and operated five carpet recycling facilities. Prior to carpet recycling, Nick owned and operated 2pl logistics companies. Nick leads Circular Polymers in their mission to revolutionize the post-consumer carpet recycling industry. He is an active member of CARE. “Nick brings a wealth of financial and logistical experience to the management team at Circular Polymers,” said Bob Peoples. “Under his watchful eye, Circular Polymers is the fastest growing carpet recycler in North America, bringing needed innovation to the challenges faced by this industry.”
The California Carpet Stewardship Program of CARE is soliciting two-year proposals for marketing, education, and outreach professional services to help CARE achieve meaningful progress toward the goal of increasing carpet recycling in the state of California. A successful contractor will be innovative and flexible in engaging and supporting carpet recycling stakeholders, partners, and their public audience. The proposal is open to California-based private corporations, small businesses, and non-profit organizations.
The selected contractor will undertake education and outreach efforts to support the overall Program goals. These activities include both planned and timed outreach as well as opportunistic outreach as information and events require. Audiences include retailers, installers, drop-off sites, local government, current and potential grantees, Collector/Sorters, Processors, Manufacturers, Carpet Mills, events, and consumers.
Proposals are due May 31, 2022, with work starting January 3, 2023.
Flooring contractors are a vital part of the carpet recycling ecosystem. CARE is partnering with International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 16 (DC 16 in northern California) and District Council 36 (DC 36 in southern California) to incorporate carpet recycling information in their trainings.
CARE has been working with DC 16 and DC 36 to create and implement a training program for apprentice and journeymen flooring contractors. To supplement in-person training of apprentices, CARE has created a video that reinforces the reasons for recycling, explains the recycling process and the role that installers/contractors play, and shows what recycled carpet becomes:
Union trainees are given a quiz following their training to reinforce the video’s messages.
If you would like more information about flooring contractor training, contact CARE (CA@carpetrecovery.org).