52 per cent increase: Carpet America Recovery Effort releases 2013 annual report

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Source: Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)

Dalton, Georgia, USA — Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) has reported a more than 52 per cent increase in US gross post-consumer carpet collections from 2012 to 2013, according to the Annual Report for 2013. CARE partners have diverted 534 million pounds of carpet, or 14 percent of the 3.7 billion pounds of total discarded carpet, from landfills last year. Since its founding in 2002, CARE members have diverted more than 3.25 billion gross pounds of post-consumer carpet from landfills in the U.S.

“CARE has once again experienced a dynamic year in terms of challenges and accomplishments,” noted Bob Peoples, Executive Director of CARE. “Our programs are growing more sophisticated, resulting in significant progress in accounting for the diversion of post-consumer carpet from landfills in 2013.”

One of the most significant developments was an 87 per cent increase in post-consumer carpet going back to carpet face fiber now at 28 per cent of recycled pounds. In addition, post-consumer carpet going into carpet backing represented another 17 per cent, a 25 per cent increase over 2012 data. These are major accomplishments and come from significant investment in R&D and commercial implementation by CARE members.

In addition to carpet diversion figures, CARE also notes the following in its 2013 Annual Report:

  • Nylon fiber types represented 52 percent of the collection stream, while PET collection grew to 34 percent
  • The amount of carpet reused saw a year-to-year increase of from 5 to 12 million pounds, while recycled carpet decreased slightly from 8 to 5 percent
  • CARE successfully managed California AB 2398 as the Carpet Stewardship Organization
  • The organization launched a blog in 2013 and a new website in May 2014

“The challenge in front of us is to reach a viable business framework for CARE members to accomplish post-consumer carpet diversion and recovery in the face of challenges, most notably the rise of PET carpet in the collection stream,” stated Brendan McSheehy, Chairman of CARE’s Board of Directors. “I look forward to seeing the positive changes made as our organization navigates and adapts to the changing landscape of our industry.”

The complete CARE 2013 Annual Report can be downloaded.

Source:  Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)