June 2021
Strong Q1 Results for California Program
CARE's California Carpet Stewardship Program extended its solid recovery in Q1 2021, with continued increases in the collection and recycling rates. The Recycling Rate for Q1 was 26 percent, setting another high-water mark. This represents the continuation since 2015 of significant increases in the Recycling Rate, on average 20 percent per year through 2020. The Yield (output/collections) was 77 percent. Efforts continue to enable expanded collection to support the higher recycled output. There are now 86 CARE Public Drop-Off Sites, and the total carpet collection network (public + private) in Q1 was 275 sites across the state.

Grant Case Study Video: 916 Floors
CARE’s newest video grant case study looks at the success of 916 Floors in Roseville, CA. The retailer’s Cycle 3M CARE grant funded the purchase of a specialized trailer that allows flooring contractors to source-separate post-consumer carpet at job sites and haul it directly to a local recycler, often saving labor hours and expense.

The video features 916 Floors CEO Paul Pavlyuk, who describes how he interviewed flooring installers to determine the best features for this custom-built trailer.

Carpet Recycling Symposium a Success
Last month, CARE Executive Director Bob Peoples joined other industry professionals in a virtual Carpet Recycling Symposium presented by the non-profit Product Stewardship Institute. CARE grantees David Bender of Circular Polymers and Franco Rossi of Aquafil also spoke. The well-attended two-day symposium included presentations and lively, informed discussion about the processes, challenges and progress being made in carpet recycling.

Video recordings of the symposium can be found on the PSI website.
New Drop-Off Sites Welcomed
As part of our efforts to increase carpet collection for recycling across the state, CARE is pleased to announce our latest carpet recycling drop-off sites:
There are currently 86 CARE-supported public drop-off sites in the state, serving 53 counties.
CARE supports drop-off sites by providing at no cost:
  • A container for collection,
  • Third-party hauling to bring carpet material to recyclers,
  • Promotional materials for local government and the hosting facility,
  • Technical assistance from CARE staff and
  • Ready access to micro-grants that support site set-up and collection equipment.
To find the CARE-sponsored drop-off site closest to you, visit the drop-off site map here. If there is a location, such as a supply house, landfill, transfer station, or recycling facility that you feel would work well as a drop-off site for you and other flooring professionals near you, please email CARE with the facility's name and location. A CARE staff person will call you to discuss your volume, learn more about flooring professionals’ needs in your area and work toward finding a solution.
In addition to public drop-off sites, CARE works with the recyclers who operate more than 180 private network collection sites around the state.
Have YOU Registered for the Annual Conference?
CARE’s 19th Annual Conference takes place August 31-September 1 in Minneapolis, MN. The gathering offers a unique opportunity to gain insights on new products and tech, lessons from the field, research insights and updates on industry trends.

The Conference will feature expert speakers Perc Pineda, Chief Economist for the Plastics Industry Association and Kemp Harr, Editor in Chief of Floor Focus magazine and FloorDaily.net, along with collectors, processors and manufacturers from around the country discussing developments in molecular recycling and policy. 

To allow for maximum attendance, CARE will offer the Conference in a hybrid format: besides the in-person gathering, attendees may meet virtually via Zoom. CARE Executive Director Bob Peoples noted, “While we certainly hope most people will choose to attend the Conference in person, we felt that offering a virtual attendance option was the best way to make sure that all who would like to participate are able to.”