CARE has published a report compiled by GHD, Inc. that documents testing and use of recycled PET carpet (RPC) material for civil engineering uses. Based on previous feasibility studies, the report covers two pilot studies of applications of Recycled PET Carpet: (RPC) on filtration applications and erosion control. While there were promising initial results, there were also elements of concern identified that warrant further investigation. Through ongoing research and development, CARE continues its efforts to identify potentially viable RPC uses via development of incentive plans/grant programs to promote the establishment and sustainability of new environmentally safe RPC markets.
Below is a presentation on the Q3 2019 results from CARE’s California Carpet Stewardship Program. The 3rd quarter has proven to be a big one for CARE in several ways. It was a record quarter in terms of recycled output and recycling rate. The recycling rate for Q3 was 19.9%, vs. 18.4% in Q2. Carpet sales increased slightly (~ 100,000 yd2) in Q3. In addition, Q4 is setting up nicely for new capacity to come online.
CARE has drafted guidelines for any use of post-consumer carpet materials that go into an application that involves on-the-ground or in-the-ground usage. Such applications might include equestrian products, water filtration products, soil amendments, etc..
It is important to conduct due diligence with the development of any new product that is being applied to land, or which goes on or in the ground, to ensure that the product provides beneficial performance and no harmful impacts to human health or the environment.
CARE has produced an updated version of the Carpet-Derived Products Catalog containing California-sourced post-consumer carpet. The catalog was distributed at the CARE booth at the GreenBuild conference in Atlanta in November 2019 and mailed to public procurement officials across the state.
Stakeholders to Discuss Innovation, Industry Maturity in Portland, OR
Dalton, GA – Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) will hold its 18th Annual Conference on May 12-13, 2020 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon. The theme of the Conference, “Carpet Recycling Comes of Age,” illustrates an industry that is maturing while making exciting progress in landfill diversion and market development.
“I have been more excited in the last several months than at any time in the last 18 years about the possibilities for our industry,” notes CARE Executive Director Robert Peoples. “Major changes are underway in terms of capacity expansion, two new West Coast processors, renewed interest in reuse, and at least two major new outlets for PET. We are moving from a startup industry to, for the first time, a sophisticated business-driven industry where we have real specifications, real supply chain contracts. CARE and the carpet recycling industry are about to grow up – and that’s very exciting.”
The Conference will feature expert speakers from PLASTICS (the Plastics Industry Association) along with collectors, processors and manufacturers from around the country discussing developments in chemical recycling, EPR, and the circular economy. Participants will interact with long-time recyclers along with entrepreneurs who are pushing the envelope of carpet recycling technology. Sessions will be of interest to equipment suppliers as well as those interested in feedstocks; nylon 6, nylon 66, polypropylene, polyester or Triexta (polytrimethylene terephthalate). There will be ample time for networking along with the traditional awards dinner.
About Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)
Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) is a voluntary, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the landfill diversion, reuse, and recycling of waste carpet, through market-based solutions that benefit the economy as well as the environment.
Since 2002, CARE has diverted more than 5 billion pounds of carpet from landfills in the United States and promoted the use and development of products containing materials derived from carpet. CARE members include independent carpet recyclers, carpet manufacturers, dealers, retailers and suppliers, and non-governmental organizations. For more information about CARE, visit www.carpetrecovery.org.
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