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CARE annual conference: Poly want a solution

Diversion, recycling rates up, but PET problem looms

By Matthew Spieler

Volume 26/Number 26; May 13/20, 2013

Maya Sethuraman, left, of DuPont Sorona, explains why its polymer is green to Maya Henderson of Bentley Prince Street.

Tampa, Fla.—Depending on how one views things, the glass is either half full or empty when it comes to carpet recycling. Those with a pessimistic view feel there is a leak at the bottom of the cup and if it doesn’t get fixed soon, there may not be an industry as presently constituted.

These were the general feelings as representatives of the recycling world—from carpet mills to processors, collectors to government and non-government officials, along with other interested parties—gathered here last month for the 11th annual Carpet American Recovery Effort (CARE) conference. Continue reading CARE annual conference: Poly want a solution

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Who’s helping retailers? Everyone from mills to groups to associations

Part 2

By Matthew Spieler

FCNews Volume 27/Number 12, October 22/29, 2012

Retailers can use all the help they can get when it comes to driving traffic to their stores and providing tools and resources to grow their businesses.

Last issue, Floor Covering News looked at what some of the major manufacturers, suppliers and buying groups are doing to help specialty dealers succeed. This time we surveyed the industry’s national associations and trade shows to find out what they are doing to help retailers be more successful. Continue reading Who’s helping retailers? Everyone from mills to groups to associations

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State of the industry: Carpet continues to bounce along at the bottom

As the third quarter of 2011 comes to a close, FCNews asked a few important questions of a few important players in the carpet industry: How has business been? Have this year’s challenges been different from those we saw in 2010? What are consumers buying? What is the deal with all this carpet-related legislation coming from California?

Overall, last year’s increase in spending from the first-time homeowners tax credit gave consumers a boost in confidence to remodel—though on a smaller scale than in years past—and has begun to wane. Commitment to new production technologies, new trends and a resilient frame of mind has kept residential carpet sales relatively flat over the last nine months and given a lift to the commercial market. Continue reading State of the industry: Carpet continues to bounce along at the bottom

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California’s stewardship law AB2398: Software suppliers respond

HICKSVILLE, N.Y.—On July 1, California’s AB 2398, otherwise known as the Carpet Stewardship Law went into effect. Though it is only two months in, it appears the thousands of hours spent by the industry—from manufacturers to associations—have paid off as so far the transition has gone about as smoothly as anyone could have hoped. One of the key reasons for this was the quick response by the industry’s software suppliers who made sure their systems were up to speed in providing the assessment to end users as required by law. Continue reading California’s stewardship law AB2398: Software suppliers respond

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CARE: Industry passes 2 billion pound mark in diverting carpet

AMELIA ISLAND, FLA.—Nine years ago the thought of recycling carpet back into itself or another product was minimal at best. Then the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) was born and, since that time, more than 1.7 billion pounds of post-consumer carpet (PCC) has been recycled, with an additional 300 million pounds diverted from the nation’s landfills. Continue reading CARE: Industry passes 2 billion pound mark in diverting carpet

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Industry gearing up to implement California’s AB 2398

Last fall, the state of California passed the Carpet Product Stewardship Act, otherwise known as AB 2398 and, since then, the industry has been scrambling to make sure everyone in the selling chain is up to speed on what the bill means and how it will affect them once it goes into full effect on July 1.

In a nutshell, the purpose of AB 2398 is to keep carpet sold in California from going to the landfill while at the same time encouraging the recycling of post-consumer carpet either back into new carpet or as a secondary product, such as the plastic molds used in automobile engines. Continue reading Industry gearing up to implement California’s AB 2398