CARE Quarterly Newsletter – October 2006

In This Issue:


Who/What is CARE?

Dear CARE Supporters

Welcome to fall! There was so much going on with CARE this summer, I think I missed it. The housing market is showing signs of a slow down and some of our collection folks are starting to feel it. That said, I fully expect us to hit our targeted 100% increase again this year. We have new collection centers getting ready to open, international interest in US operations, more processors making plans to use post-consumer carpet in 2007 and continued interest in the whole sustainability/reclamation topic. A major property owner is doing a test run on carpet recycling and our national retailer test site work is complete with very positive results. You can expect to hear more on that topic in the next newsletter. New identification technology is ready to bust out of the laboratory.

CARE has been getting plenty of press time as well with Floor Radio, Floor Focus Magazine and conference presentations. The new website has received very positive feedback.

Just a reminder – CARE sponsorship renewals are in the mail. We look forward to welcoming back all our 2006 sponsors and at the same time expanding. This year saw the addition of the following new sponsors for CARE:

Black Wolf IndustriesCarpet Cycle, Columbia Recycling, ConstantineLeigh Fibers,Masland ContractPollution Prevention Assistance Division (GA P2AD)Quicksilver RecyclingResource Commercial Flooring NetworkSportexeTextile Rubber & Chemical Company, and Tricycle

We recognize none of this would be possible without your on-going support – financial and manpower. We salute our sponsors and plan a special thank you at the 5th Annual CARE Conference. You heard that right – we will be celebrating our 5th year in Charleston, SC on May 7-10. Please keep an eye on the CARE website site for more details later this fall. We will also be announcing a call for papers for the conference. If you are interested in making a presentation or being a meeting sponsor for the big 5th anniversary event, please contact me as soon as possible.

We love to hear from our Newsletter readers. Send us your letters, ideas, concerns, issues and we’ll try to respond. We are here to help you succeed!

In closing I would like to wish everyone a wonderful fall and happy and healthy holiday season!

Best wishes and happy recycling,
Robert Peoples, Executive Director, Carpet America Recovery Effort

Greitzer Named CRRA’s 2006 Recycler of the Year

Ron_GreitzerRonald Greitzer, President of Los Angeles Fiber Co., was named California Resource Recovery Association’s 2006 Recycler of the Year during an awards ceremony held in San Jose, California on August 8, 2006. Greitzer was honored for the outstanding efforts he has made throughout the years to divert and recycle challenging materials from California’s landfills. Greitzer’s ability to successfully recycle carpet and textile material waste positively impacts the waste diversion effort and waste diversion goal obtainment of many California Jurisdictions. Los Angeles Fiber Co. is currently the world’s largest recycler of post-consumer carpet. To put the company’s environmental achievements into perspective, Los Angeles Fiber Co. currently diverts enough waste material to fill the Pasadena Rose Bowl every four months.

“It is a great honor to be named California Resource Recovery Association’s 2006 Recycle Person of the Year. CRRA is one of the premier recycling associations in the United States,” Greitzer said upon receiving the award. “CRRA is driven to fulfill its mission of ZERO WASTE in our landfills. This award belongs to the Los Angeles Fiber team, all of our employees, that helped create the collection systems, redesign the equipment, produce the finished products, develop the markets, and build a company using 100% post consumer carpet as the raw material. I’d like to thank California Integrated Waste Management Board and Carpet America Recovery Effort, CARE, for all of the support we received.”

GreenBuild November 2006

After the wonderful exposure received from last years conference in Atlanta, GA, CARE and NYCORE, will share a booth this year at USGBC Greenbuild in Denver, Colorado (November 15th -17th). The annual international conference and expo will host thousands of green building professionals all under one roof. Greenbuild 2006 will provide the attendees with three days of educational programming, workshops, a vast exhibit floor, and networking events. The CARE/NYCORE booth will house sample products containing post-consumer carpet and informational literature.

Please be sure to stop by our booth and say hello while in Denver.

Greenbuild Exhibitors List and Floor Plan

CARE and CRI Pitch In

BobPosedCARE and CRI employees understand the concept of being environmentally friendly. In an effort to limit both organizations’ impact on the environment, CARE and CRI began a joint program to recycle the aluminum cans and PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) bottles collected from their numerous meeting. The aluminum cans are to be delivered to local recycling centers, but the PET bottles will be reprocessed into backing material for Beaulieu’s Nexterra carpet tiles which contain ten 16oz PET bottles per 36″ X 36″ carpet tile.

James Lesslie, President of Beaulieu of America, collects the bottles from Dr. Robert Peoples, the Executive Director of CARE, at the Carpet and Rug Institute while showing a Nexterra Carpet Tile that the collected PET bottles will soon become.

The Nexterra backing system contains 85% post-consumer products and 15% virgin materials.

Peoples Selected to Serve on Advisory Committee

Dr. Robert Peoples, Executive Director for the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) and Director of Sustainability for CRI, has been asked to serve on the International Advisory Committee for the First International Symposium on Fiber Recycling. The Symposium will take place June 20 and 21, 2007 at the Matsugasaki Campus of Kyoto Institute of Technology in Kyoto, Japan.

The objective of the Symposium is to provide a forum for exchanging ideas, introducing the latest research findings, and fostering international cooperation in the field of fiber recycling.

For information on the symposium, contact Teruo Kimura by email

Peoples among Six Candidates for USGBC Board

usgbc>Robert Peoples, Ph.D. is one of six candidates for the Trade Association Slot on the Board of Directors for the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). This is the first time the USGBC has allowed for a trade association slot on their board. Peoples serves as Director of Sustainability for CRI as well as Executive Director of the Carpet America Recovery Effort.

Directors uphold the vision, values and mission of the Council. They make key decisions about how the Council serves its membership, educates the industry, and advances their mission. By voting, you help to shape the Council’s future – and by extension the future of green building.

Voting in USGBC has always been one company, one vote. That still holds true, but this year the Board has opened up voting to every contact affiliated with a USGBC member company or organization and who has a site user account with USGBC under his/her organization’s member number. Here’s how it works: every vote by a registered member contact counts as a percentage of the vote from his/her company. To the extent member contacts from one company cast different votes, candidates may receive a percentage of a vote, resulting in decimals in the voting tally.

All newly elected board members will be featured at USGBC Day on Tuesday, November 14 in Denver prior to Greenbuild.

View the Candidates

Stroop Featured “Success Story” by Dalton State College

Jeremy Stroop, who assists Dr. Robert Peoples with the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), was recently featured on the Dalton State College website as one of the college’s success stories. Jeremy is a senior marketing major and as the article says, has become a “jack-of-all-trades” in helping Peoples with the everyday operations of the organization. Stroop will also be featured in an upcoming publication published by the college.

Read the Article

CARE Launches Website Bulletin Board

The new CARE website bulletin board is just one of the many ways CARE engages with others in an effort to find good ideas and creative solutions for keeping carpet out of landfills. The bulletin board is designed for you to post questions and look for answers. Give it a try!

Annual Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina

The 5th Annual CARE Meeting will be held at the Francis Marion Hotel located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina. The conference will highlight government procurement activities, advances in identification technology, market development updates, advances in materials processing technologies, carpet manufacturers’ programs, CARE updates and the release of CARE’s Annual Report.

CARE will also recognize the “Recycler of the Year” and the “Person of the Year” during the Annual CARE Awards Banquet.

The Francis Marion Hotel demonstrates their commitment to environmental sustainability by participating in the Green Hotel Association as a partner member

Conference Announcement

CARE Announces Seven New Sponsors

careCARE is excited to announce the addition of seven new corporate sponsors to the growing carpet reclamation movement.



  1. To grow 1 pound of wood a tree consumes 1.47 pounds of carbon dioxide and emits 1.07 pounds of oxygen.
  2. It is estimated by COTE (The AIA Committee on the Environment) that there will be 150 billion square feet of building spaced remodeled in the next 20 years.

Do you have an interesting story or factoid about recycling carpet? Send it to CARE by email and if we use it we will send you a CARE mug to proudly display.


Jim Bethel, J&J/Invision, writes in reference to the 2005 CARE Annual Report Results:


I know how much effort has been expended (especially in the early years) to keep this vision alive. No individual manufacturer could have addressed these issues. CARE is a great example of an industry’s trade organization taking on an issue for the betterment of all.

We would like your feedback on this newsletter, ideas, concerns, or questions. We’ll include them in future newsletters.