Floor Covering Weekly recently spotlighted CARE’s education and outreach efforts to promote the collection of PC carpet. Take a look at the article below authored by FCW’s Janet Herlihy.
Most residential consumers are not as educated as commercial specifiers and end users about carpet sustainability issues and recycling postconsumer (PC) carpet, according to Dr. Bob Peoples, executive director of the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE). “So the dealer has an important role in educating consumers, but may not be themselves prepared to do that. Some retailers can say that they recycle, but cannot answer more detailed questions,” Peoples noted.
CARE would like to do more in this area of education and outreach, and has begun that process in California. A lot of information is available on the CARE website, www.carpetrecovery.org.
“The carpet manufacturers are in a great position to help, and CARE will do whatever we can to connect the dealer with a local recycler. CARE could also prepare a packet of information that a carpet rep could take to the dealer about the collection of PC carpet,” Peoples added.
The retailer role is a natural one. “Installers pick up new flooring at a retail warehouse,” Peoples explained. “They go to a house and rip out the old carpet and install the new. They could then take the PC carpet back to the warehouse. Recyclers would like to have a place there to collect the PC carpet where it would stay dry. Now, the old carpet is often left at the curb and is picked up as garbage.”
Link to article: http://www.floorcoveringweekly.com/Main/Archives/5312.aspx