Micro Grants Aim to Keep Carpet Out of Landfill

Posted on February 13, 2018

This winter, fewer post-consumer carpet (PCC) drop-off sites will be forced to landfill their incoming carpet due to rain, snow and mud.

Napa Recycling with new carpet area under cover

A CARE Micro Grant enabled Napa Recycling to construct this weather cover to keep collected carpet clean and dry.

Zanker Road Resource Management and Napa Recycling and Waste Services have both completed PCC collection improvement projects under Cycle 1 of CARE’s Micro Grants for Collection/Reuse program.

Zanker has built a carport weather cover and cement pad at a cost of approximately $20,000 at its Florin Perkins Disposal Site in Sacramento, in order to keep PCC clean and dry. This project is expected to increase PCC recycling by more than 300,000 pounds annually. CARE drop-off site Napa Recycling built a carport at a cost of approximately $10,000, and this weather cover is expected to increase PCC recycling by more than 60,000 pounds annually. Both Zanker and Napa completed the projects under a six-month timeline and received $10,000 each in grant funding.

Three other Cycle 1 Micro projects are expected to be complete in the spring of 2018. Circular Polymers (formerly CLEAR), Green Waste Recovery, and A1 Planet Recycling were each awarded $10,000 for equipment to increase local collection or hauling for recycling.

The California Carpet Stewardship Program has officially opened Cycle 2 of its Micro Grants for Collection/Reuse program (Cycle 2M) to California-based projects seeking to establish new programs or improve existing programs. Applications are due on April 6, and applicants may seek up to $15,000 in project funding. For more details on eligible applicants, eligible projects and application instructions, please see the Cycle 2M announcement and full draft solicitation.