CARE drop-off site Bena Sanitary Landfill in Bakersfield collected over 1.6 million pounds of carpet in 2020 – the most of any CARE drop-off site in California. We spoke with Sergio Furtado, Public Works Maintenance Superintendent, to find out more about the site’s successful operations.
CARE has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Reuse Study on Post-Consumer Carpet Barriers and Opportunities.
The purpose of this project is to inform CARE on the possible barriers and opportunities to increasing the reuse of carpet as a floor covering. Since inception in 2011, statistics on the amount of carpet diverted through reuse generally reflects an upward trajectory; however, since a high of 926,000 pounds in 2016, reuse has seemingly plateaued.
Deadline for proposal submission is noon Pacific, March 5, 2021.
Preference is given to California-based proposers.
- 21.8 Million pounds of carpet collected (+31% vs. Q2)
- 14.3 Million pounds of recycled output (+32% vs. Q2))
- $5.27 Million in subsidy payouts.
Large retailers, generating post-consumer carpet, can benefit from an on-site container specifically for carpet and pad recycling. Moto’s Transportation, an established hauling/transport company in the Sacramento area, created an avenue for local retailers to dispose of post-consumer carpet, generating an additional capacity to their services. The CARE capital grant funded the purchase of 12 trailers to place at local retailers and two trucks to haul carpet for processing at a local recycler.
June 30, 2019 – September 30, 2020
CARE GRANT AMOUNT
The COVID-19 pandemic led to a slowdown in demand as some retailers temporarily closed or saw declines in business.
PROJECT BENEFITS & OUTCOME
The volume of carpet collected increased significantly and quickly. By Q1 2020, 3.67 million additional pounds of carpet was collected and 3.59 million pounds in Q2 2020.
Trailers dedicated for carpet collection facilitated source separation, while simultaneously enabling retailers a significant financial benefit from the expense of sending carpet to landfill. Moto was able to grow from servicing ten retail customers to thirty in less than a year.
“The CARE grant helped me expand my business. Applying for the CARE grant was pretty simple; my administrative team was able to easily navigate through the system.”
–Nelson Moto, President, Moto’s Transportation
- Moto leveraged established relationships to place all 12 trailers within a few months.
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This is one of a series of case studies that illustrate the impact of grant funding on the carpet recycling industry in California.
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CARE has released California Stewardship Program results for Q2 2020. Despite the major impact of COVID-19 in Q2, the overall recycling rate held at 19.8%, essentially flat from Q1’s 19.9%. Calculation of the recycling rate is driven by both recycled output and sales of new carpet. Sales of new carpet were down to 14.4M square yards – an historic low. This follows an already weaker than expected Q1. Both recycled output and sales were down approximately 16%.
CARE Executive Director Bob Peoples noted “While the recycled output is a significant drop, it is actually better than expected, given the economic shutdown in key markets. According to CARE’s forecast, it looks like Q3 will show the beginning of a slow recovery. In addition, one major capacity project is expected to come online.”