CARE 21st Annual Conference
April 25-26, 2023
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport Hotel
The carpet recycling industry gathered to learn, connect and explore at CARE’s 21st Annual Conference, April 25-26 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport Hotel. The Conference theme was“Carpet: Feedstock for the Future,” and sessions covered topics such as advanced recycling, new technology and products and industry trends.
Speakers for the 21st Annual Conference included Marketing Insights President Santo Torcivia with a U.S. economic update; Floor Focus publisher Kemp Harr presenting on the state of the flooring industry; and Adnan Zeb-Khan, Director of GlobeEC Consulting and Scheme Manager at Carpet Recycling UK. Special guest speaker Bianca Rhym, Electrical Engineer with NASA, talked about her project for recycling in-space plastic waste using 3D printing. Collectors, processors, and manufacturers from around the country discussed recent developments in recycling technology, the ID equipment challenge, Extended Producer Responsibility, and new products and markets. There was ample networking along with the traditional CARE Persons of the Year awards announcement.
Trends in U.S. Economy– Santo Torcivia, Market Insights
Safety in Carpet Collections– Russ DeLozier,
Gateway: Humanity’s First Space Station in Lunar Orbit – Bianca Rhym, NASA
Dynamics in the U.S. Flooring Market– Kemp Harr, Floor Focus
CARE ID Device Assessment– Russ DeLozier
Comparing Polymer Recycling Technologies for a Circular Plastic Economy – Taylor Uekert, NREL
PaintCare Program Overview – Andrew Radin, PaintCare