Diversion, recycling rates up, but PET problem looms
By Matthew Spieler
Volume 26/Number 26; May 13/20, 2013
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
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
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
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
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