Resources / Entrepreneurial Resources

  1. Carpet Recycling 101
  2. CARE Post-Consumer Recycled Nylon 6/6 Carpet Property Description Sheets
  3. Equipment Manufacturers
  4. ID Technology
  5. Standardized Color Codes for Face Fiber Identification
  6. Testing and Training
  7. Financing Opportunities
  8. Business Development
  9. CARE Entrepreneur Meetings

Carpet Recycling 101

Carpet Recycling 101 is an overview of carpet recycling in the United States. The presentation provides information on the following topics:

  • Drivers for Carpet Recycling
  • General Categories of carpet recycling
  • Differences in Various types of recycling
  • Market Values of Various Recycled Products
  • Demand for Recycled materials from Carpet
  • Understanding Capital needs of Recycling
  • Present & Anticipated recycling capacities
  • Present & New Recycling technologies
  • Challenges & Opportunities

Carpet Recycling 101 (866 KB)

CARE Post-Consumer Recycled Nylon 6/6 Carpet Property Description Sheets

CARE is pleased to announce it has completed the Property Description Sheets for Nylon 6/6 recycled materials available from post-consumer carpet. CARE’s property description sheets ease the purchase and transfer of post-consumer carpet materials by providing a means in which sellers and purchasers can easily identify distinguishing characteristics of available materials. CARE’s grading system is based on the level of processing, as well as ash content.

Property Description Sheets for Nylon 6/6 (87 KB)

CARE is developing additional Product Description Sheets for Nylon 6, Polypropylene and Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET).  As these additional Product Description Sheets become available, CARE will post them on the CARE Website for industry use.

CARE’s Product Description Sheets were developed in partnership with the Polymer Center of Excellence. The Polymer Center of Excellence (PCE) is a not-for-profit 501c6 organization created by the State of North Carolina to assist the plastics industry in training, design, troubleshooting, material property testing, extrusion compounding and injection molding.

If you have questions or comments about CARE’s Product Description Sheets, please contact Anthony Cline at 706-428-2127 or by email.

Equipment Manufacturers

Note:
The following list of equipment manufacturers is for your information only. It will be your responsibility to contact the manufacturer and involve the contact with your application to determine what best fits your needs.

Each of these manufacturers have been contacted and are currently aware of the difficulties of processing post consumer carpet waste and are eager to assist you in your application.

These Manufacturers have experience with PCC and there may be others also.

Please be advised. Each equipment manufacturer will provide instructions on how best to configure your PCC for processing with their machinery. Their interest will be for their equipment to provide the best of service to you.

NOTE: CARE makes no warranty or recommendations concerning equipment, procedures, etc.

Equipment Manufacturer List (14 KB)

ID Technology

Note:
The following list of identification technology manufacturers is for your information only. It will be your responsibility to contact the manufacturer and involve the contact with your application to determine what best fits your needs.

Each of these manufacturers have been contacted and are currently aware of the difficulties of processing post consumer carpet waste and are eager to assist you in your application.

These Manufacturers have experience with PCC and there may be others also.

Please be advised. Each identification technology manufacturer will provide instructions on how best to configure your PCC for identification with their machinery. Their interest will be for their equipment to provide the best of service to you.

NOTE: CARE makes no warranty or recommendations concerning equipment, procedures, etc.

Axsun Technologies, A Volcano Company
1 Fortune Drive
Billerica, MA 01821
Contact: Karen L. Scammell, Global Sales Director
Phone: 978-439-3377
Website: www.axsun.comPress Release: Axsun Technologies Introduces Second Generation Material identification System
Axsun Technologies ANAVO™
Axsun Technologies ANAVO™
Thermo Scientific
2 Radcliff Rd
Tewksbury, MA 01876
Contact: Peter Mottla
Phone: 978-513-3589
Website: www.thermoscientific.com/ahura
ThermoScientific_PHAZIR
microPHAZIR PC

Standardized Color Codes for Face Fiber Identification

Standarized color code face fiber identification used in the identification of carpet fiber.

CARE Standardized Color Code Face Fiber Identification (30 KB)

Testing and Training

Polymers Center of Excellence
Website: http://www.polymers-center.org/
The Polymers Center of Excellence is a non-profit organization devoted to supporting the plastics industry through training, product development, material testing, small-batch compounding, and short-run molding. PCE is familiar with post-consumer carpet materials.

Testing and Training

SJF Ventures

Website: http://sjfund.com
SJF Ventures is a venture capital partnership with offices in Durham, NC, and New York, NY. Through its investment funds, the firm provides equity financings from $500K to $5MM, solo or in syndicates, to companies seeking expansion capital.

SJF Ventures focuses on the cleantech, technology-enhanced services and premium consumer products sectors. Representative investment areas include renewable energy and efficiency, organic and healthy consumer products, digital media and marketing services, electronics recycling, and outsourced business services.

Federal Grants
Website: http://www.grants.gov/
Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards. By registering once on this site, your organization can apply for grants from the 26 Federal grant-making agencies.

 

U.S. Small Business Administration
Website: http://www.sba.gov/services/financialassistance/index.html
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Business Development

U.S. Small Business Administration – “Provides financial, technical and management assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their businesses. With a portfolio of business loans, loan guarantees and disaster loans worth more than $45 billion, in addition to a venture capital portfolio of $13 billion, SBA is the nation’s largest single financial backer of small businesses.”

Association of Small Business Development Centers – “The mission of the Association of Small Business Development Centers is to represent the collective interest of our members by promoting, informing, supporting and continuously improving the SBDC network, which delivers nationwide educational assistance to strengthen small/medium business management, thereby contributing to the growth of local, state and national economies.”

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) – entrepreneur education, support for small businesses – “Working and retired executives and business owners donate their time and expertise as volunteer business counselors and provide confidential counseling and mentoring free of charge.”

EPA Jobs Through Recycling (JTR) Program – “The JTR program brings together the economic development and recycling communities through grants, networking, and information sharing. Through JTR, EPA supports projects designed to enhance business development, technical assistance, and financing efforts for recycling-related industries. [The JTR] web site provides recycling market development information for state and local officials, sources of technical and financial assistance for recycling businesses, and general information for visitors interested in learning more about JTR.”

State profiles – information on recycling market development programs in the 50 states

CARE Entrepreneur Meetings

2012 CARE Entrepreneur Meeting

CARE held its Ninth Annual Entrepreneur Meeting on October 23 – 24, 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Atlanta, GA. Meeting resources are available on the meeting page.

2011 CARE Entrepreneur Meeting

CARE held its Eighth Annual Entrepreneur Meeting on October 25 – 26, 2011 at the Atlanta Airport Marriott, Atlanta, GA. Meeting resources are available on the meeting page.

2010 CARE Entrepreneur Meeting

CARE held its Seventh Annual Entrepreneur Meeting on October 26 – 27 , 2010 at the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport/Millennium Center. Meeting resources are available on the meeting page.

2009 CARE Entrepreneur Meeting

CARE held its Sixth Annual Entrepreneur Meeting on October 27 – 28 , 2009 at the Marriott Atlanta Airport Hotel. Photos from the meeting and meeting resources are available on the meeting page.

2008 CARE Entrepreneur Meeting

CARE held its Fifth Annual Entrepreneur Meeting on October 21, 2008 at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott Hotel. Photos from the meeting and meeting resources are available on the meeting page.

2007 CARE Entrpreneur Meeting

CARE held its fourth Annual Entrepreneur Meeting on October 1 & 2, 2007 in Houston Texas. Photos from the meeting and meeting resources are available on the meeting page.

2006 CARE Entrepreneur Meeting

CARE held its third Annual Entrepreneur Meeting on October 19, 2006 in Tampa, Florida. Photos from the meeting and meeting resources are available on the meeting page.