CARE Quarterly Newsletter – November 2007

In This Issue:


Dear CARE Supporters

We have had a very busy summer and fall, as you all know. While there are many exciting things happening in the world of CARE, there are some storm clouds on the horizon. The sub-prime mortgage meltdown has had a big impact on our fledgling industry. Housing starts are down, auto sales are down and market outlets for PC carpet have suffered. The bright spot is Evergreen Nylon Recycling which is taking all nylon 6 materials at their targeted rates. However, markets for nylon 66 and now polypro have evaporated. This has caused great concerns among all CARE stakeholders. The CARE Board has been working on the market outlets issues. Unfortunately, we do not see an easy path forward. Based on US economy forecasts, we believe the year 2008 is going to be a difficult one. Our focus has shifted to identifying market outlets particularly in the plastics industry, but we need your help. If you have ideas, contacts, or leads, let us hear from you. It is going to take a real team effort to pull through this challenge. We fully recognize some of you are hurting and we are doing all we can to ease the pain, so hang in there.

The 2008 CARE Annual Conference will take place May 5-7 in Clearwater Beach, FL. The website for registration will be open after January 1st. If anyone is interested in presenting please drop us a note with your topic for consideration.

Take C.A.R.E.
Robert Peoples, Executive Director, Carpet America Recovery Effort

4th Annual CARE Entrepreneur Meeting

Carpet recyclers from across the country flew into Houston, Texas on October 1st for CARE’s 4th Annual Entrepreneur Meeting. CARE received 57 meeting participants to examine, discuss, and make suggestions to improve the climate of the carpet recycling industry for all involved. CARE kicked off the gathering with an informal networking dinner the night prior to the official meeting at CK’s revolving restaurant, which overlooks George Bush Intercontinental Airport and the Houston skyline.

The official meeting lasted through the day on October 2nd and covered numerous topics associated with the collection and processing of post-consumer carpet. The primary topic of discussion and concern was the building inventory of N66 and its available outlets. Also raised was the topic of narrowing outlets for polypropylene due to the slumping housing market. In addition to much brainstorming and dialog, two committees were formed to explore bulk equipment buying opportunities and marketing activities to educate the general public about carpet recycling.

This year’s meeting was the first time CARE opened up the meeting to any interested parties without invitation. This option permitted the attendance of a diverse audience which included collection and processing entrepreneurs, equipment manufacturers, and carpet mills. CARE plans to continue the practice of encouraging a diverse audience for future Entrepreneur Meetings because of the distinctive knowledge and points-of-view brought to the table by the different stakeholders of the carpet recycling industry.

Attendees had the following to say about the meeting:

  • VERY convenient from airport to hotel. On site hotel is a real plus for traveling. Thank You! Job well done!
  • I learn a lot about the carpet recycling situation and business opportunities
  • I felt it was very motivating, I got an opportunity to meet and talk to other people with similar concerns.I also continue to learn new ideas.I really enjoyed the presentation from Frank Hurd
  • Being in the loop, and hearing about some light at the end of the tunnel. It’s re-assuring to hear that good people are working on the same problems, and feel positive about the outcomes
  • Have CARE focus on more end state recycling applications (the end users) toward the end of the recycling process so that it provides pull through to the collectors and processors. Perhaps this focus could be “green projects” within government or various industries. It seems that CARE has done a good job with focusing on the beginning of the process (collectors), but if we could get more pull through at the ultimate user of the PC carpet material (whatever the various end use), that would be beneficial toward everyone in this industry
  • It was a wonderful meeting with a a collegial and professional atmosphere. It was refreshing to see North American Environmental ingenuity at work

Once again thanks to the generous support of the Entrepreneur Meeting sponsors, CARE was able to host this meeting without charging a registration fee for attendees.

Sustainability Leadership




Additional information is available is on the CARE website under Entrepreneur Resources.

CARE’s New Entrepreneur Page

CARE would like to invite you to check out our new Entrepreneurial Resources Webpage. Based on feedback from our entrepreneur community, CARE has redesigned the page to provide information pertinent to small business owners in the carpet recycling industry.

On the new page you will find the following information to help with your business research efforts:

  • Equipment Manufacturers List
  • Identification Technology Manufacturers List
  • Financing Opportunities
  • Business Development Resources
  • CARE Entrepreneur Meetings
  • Standardized Color Codes for Face Fiber Identification
  • CARE would like to thank Matt Ewadinger for researching and providing the content for our new Entrepreneurial Resource webpage.

Visit the New Entrepreneur Page

CARE 6th Annual Conference – May 5-7, 2008

Sandpearl Resort
500 Mandalay Ave
Clearwater Beach,
Florida 33767
Phone Number:
Sandpearl Resort

You won’t want to miss the 6th Annual CARE Conference in sunny Clearwater Beach, Florida. We have selected a beautiful and environmentally friendly venue for this year’s conference. The Sandpearl Resort is a LEED Certified property which adorns 700 feet of Clearwater’s sugar white beachfront.

  • Do you want to be among the first to learn the diversion results for 2007?
  • Do you want to know how the Carpet Manufacturers are influencing the flooring industry to create viable outlets for post-consumer carpet materials?
  • Are you interested in learning about the latest advances in identification and processing technologies?
  • Are you curious about new products currently being marketed that contain post-consumer carpet material?
  • Are you exploring the role that government procurement activity and legislation will play in the future supply and demand of recovered carpet materials?
  • Would you like to know how to start a carpet reclamation facility in your area?
  • Do you have a vested interest in the protection of the environment?

If you answered yes to any of these important questions about the carpet recycling industry and its impacts, you need to join us in Clearwater Beach, Florida for the 6th Annual CARE Conference.

Please visit the CARE website after the first of the year for complete details.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities are available. Please contact Jeremy Stroop by email for details.

CARE Reclamation Partnership Expands to 55 Facilities

Carpet recycling has just gotten easier with the expansion of carpet reclamation facilities across the U.S. CARE is pleased to announce that its Reclamation Partnership has now grown to 55 facilities actively accepting and processing post-consumer carpet for recycling and reuse.

Alabama is the newest state to join this ever increasing environmental initiative to keep post-consumer carpet out of landfills.

Please click on the map below to see nearest reclamation facility to your hometown.


Quicksilver Recycling Highlighted on Local News Channel – Fox 13

Quicksilver recycling was recently featured on Fox 13, Tampa, Florida’s local news station, for their efforts to keep post-consumer carpet out of Tampa Bay Area landfills. During the interview, Jack Flaacke, President of Quicksilver Recycling, does a tremendous job communicating the need for and environmental benefits of recycling post-consumer carpet.

Please take a moment to view the news broadcast

Thank You…Steve Long & John Blue

After working with CARE for the past five years, both as an original signatory of the MOU and later as its Executive Director, I can honestly say that a major factor that has propelled CARE to the level of success it has achieved is the individuals that have been involved with this environmental initiative. I would like to extend my gratitude to Steve Long and John Blue for their longstanding support and active role they have played in the CARE organization.

Steve Long has taken a position with the Massachusetts Chapter of the Nature Conservancy in Boston. The mission of the Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

John Blue has taken a new position with the California Integrated Waste Management Board. John will be working on the issues surrounding green house gas mitigation and climate change.

Both Steve and John’s expertise and contribution to CARE will be greatly missed. Our best wishes go out to both of them as they move into their new positions.

John will be replaced by Faridoon (Fareed) Ferhut, a chemist with over twenty years experience in the chemical industry. Prior to joining the California Integrated Waste Management Board, Fareed worked for Ciba Speciality Chemicals as a technical manager and regulatory compliance manger. His main areas of expertise are polymers, dyestuff and pigments. He has worked with and developed polymers for carpet, paint, ink, reprographic, textile, water treatment, and cosmetic industries. He was granted a US patent for developing polymers and was a senior member of the AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists) and a member of the Institute for Polyacrylate Absorbents(an industry consortium of polymer manufacturers).

CARE would like to extend a warm welcome to Fareed and we look forward to the continued relationship with the California Integrated Waste Management Board.

Wellman Inc – Carpet-to-Car Parts

wellman_logoWellman Engineering Resins Division manufactures nylon 6 and 66 injection molding resins from virgin, post industrial, and post consumer feedstocks. We are now producing nylon injection molding resins from 100% post consumer nylon that we recover from used carpets coming from homes, offices, hotels, and apartments. We sort the carpets, remove the nylon, and then purify the nylon through a special patented process before compounding the resin with various fillers into injection molding resins. The properties and processing of these environmentally friendly engineering resins are fully comparable with those produced from virgin nylon. Most of the end use applications are for automotive under-the-hood parts like cam covers, engine cooling fans & shrouds, engine covers, or air cleaner housings. We are proud to be associated with CARE in this carpet-to-car parts endeavor!

Wellman_part1 Wellman, Inc.
Automotive Parts

CARE Receives P2AD Advocate of the Year Award

P2ADThe Pollution Prevention Assistance Division (P2AD) recognized business leaders from across the state recently for making strides toward a more sustainable Georgia at its annual Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia conference and awards ceremony. Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) of Dalton received the Advocate of the Year award. “Carpet America Recovery Effort stood out as a role model in the partnership as it worked with Partners and others in the carpet industry to encourage waste reduction through the recycling and reuse of post- consumer carpet. Moreover, CARE promoted the Partnership Program to its peers throughout the year,” said Suzanne Burnes, manager of the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia. “We look to see other organizations in Dalton and all of Georgia follow their lead.”

P2AD is a non-regulatory division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Since 1993, P2AD has provided free, confidential environmental technical assistance in the areas of pollution prevention, resource conservation, waste reduction, by- product reuse and recycling. In 2004, P2AD established the P2AD Partnership Program, now called the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia, to foster environmental leadership and recognize superior environmental performance. It is free and open to any business or organization that operates in Georgia. The Partnership offers a variety of incentives, including cost savings through increased efficiencies, potential regulatory flexibility, free technical assistance and training, and access to networking and mentoring among peers, state and local officials.

For more information about P2AD and the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia, call 404-651-5120 or 1-800-685- 2443.

CARE and Shaw Industries Receive Awards at FloorTek

CARE and Shaw Industries were honored at American Floorcovering Alliance’s FloorTek Expo Award Ceremony on October 23, 2007. Both organizations were presented with awards for their contributions to the recycling of post-consumer carpet. Award recipients were nominated and selected by their peers in the carpet industry through a voting process.

Jeremy Stroop accepts the 2007 FloorTek Environmental Award on behalf of CARE from AFA's Executive Director Wanda Ellis

CARE brought home FloorTek’s 2007 Environmental Award for its work in developing market-based solutions for the recycling and reuse of post- consumer carpet. Since its inception in 2002, CARE has helped keep over 750 million pounds of carpet out of our nation’s landfills.

Shaw Industries was awarded FloorTek’s Contribution to Industry Award for their Evergreen Nylon Recycling operation in Augusta, GA. The facility employs patented technology that converts post-consumer nylon carpet and recycles it back to its original material – the building block for nylon fiber. As a result of their efforts, carpets of Nylon 6 are capable of being recycled into new carpets repeatedly without the loss of any aesthetic or performance properties.

Learn more about Shaw’s Evergreen Nylon Recycling

Dalton-Whitfield Regional SWM Authority Receives Grant

DWRSWMA_SealAs part of Governor Sonny Perdue’s vision for sustainable economic development, the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) awarded Dalton-Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Management Authority a $25,000 Recycling and Waste Reduction Grant. The grant will be used to help the Dalton/Whitfield area meet state waste reduction goals.

The Grant will help fund the purchase of five 40-cubic-yard collection containers to help increase the participation in DWSWA’s post-consumer carpet recycling program. The containers will be placed strategically in the county to allow convenient access by large carpet installers and retailers. Harvey Levitt, Dalton-Whitfield Regional SWM Authority’s Operations Manager, expects the new containers to double the amount of post-consumer carpet collected in the area. This will increase the projected collection total to 1200 tons in 2008 for the Old Dixie Facility.

The Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) helps communities prepare for economic growth and development by providing low-interest loans and grants for environmental infrastructure projects. The Recycling and Waste Reduction (RWR) program is a competitive grant opportunity to assist Georgia’s local governments with their efforts to reduce solid waste through recycling, waste minimization, composting and other innovative programs. The program’s goal is to provide much needed financial assistance to local governments and to foster an integrated approach to waste reduction across Georgia.

Southeastern Plastics Recovery honored by SC RMDAC

Southeastern Plastics Recovery was named the 2007 Best Emerging Market Recycling Business in South Carolina for their work in collecting and recycling post-consumer carpets. On hand to present the award to Southeastern Plastics Recovery’s President John Votaw, was Gerry Fishbeck, SC Recycling Market Development Advisory Council (RMDAC) Chairman & SC State Representative Laurie Funderburk.

Gerry Fishbeck (left) SC Recycling  Market Development Advisory Council Chairman, John Votaw & Representative Laurie Funderburk

The Recycling Market Development Advisory Council’s (RMDAC) mission is to advocate opportunities to develop sustainable recycling markets, support the growth of South Carolina’s recycling industry, and advise the state on efforts required to increase recovery of recyclable materials.

Visit South Carolina Department of Commerce

CARE Announces 14 New Sponsors

CARE is excited to announce the addition of 14 new corporate sponsors to the growing carpet reclamation movement.

Blue Ridge Recycling
Flooring Systems, Inc.

Click here to see all of CARE’s Sponsors


  1. Less than 1% of the water on earth is available for people’s everyday use. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  2. The average bathroom faucet flows at a rate of two gallons per minute. By simply turning the tap off while brushing your teeth in the morning and night, you can save more than 100 gallons of water per person each month. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  3. Leaky faucets that drip at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water each year. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Do you have an interesting story or factoid about recycling carpet? Send it to CARE by email.


Advanced Extrusion Solutions

Dear Bob and Jeremy,

We are pleased to support CARE again this year and to contribute in a small way to the important mission of your organization. The CARE conference goes on our calendar every year as a definite, “must-attend” event. We have gained many valuable industry contacts and references from our participation in both the technical presentations and the tabletop exhibits. We appreciate what you guys are doing for this industry and both Chris and I are really happy to be a small part of such a fine group. Thanks for all your efforts!

We are looking forward to seeing our friends at the CARE conference in Clearwater in May 2008! The weather should be great.

Best Regards,

Rob Northrup
Advanced Extrusion Solutions

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