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CARE names Jacy Bolden director of California Carpet Stewardship Program

Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 12.52.33 PMDalton, Ga.—Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) has named Jacy Bolden as the first full-time director of the California Carpet Stewardship Program. Bolden comes to CARE with extensive experience in product stewardship, waste and environmental policy as the founder of consulting firm The JBC Groups. Her work includes corporate sales, solid waste systems, recycling and composting operations, and nonprofit management, as well as municipal and local government program operations and policy development. In 2004, she was named Recycler of the Year by the California Resource Recovery Association.

“We are delighted to welcome Jacy to the California team,” said Robert Peoples, CARE executive director. “The program is growing rapidly and has extensive responsibilities in increasing collection, recycling and market development. Jacy’s depth and breadth of experience is a major addition as we strive to engage stakeholders from carpet mills to local government to retailers, installers and processors in the business of recycling carpet. We have a major challenge to meet the new demands of AB 1158, and Jacy will play a key role in ensuring success.”

In collaboration with Peoples and the CARE team, Bolden will be responsible for the management and administration of all aspects of the program, including delivering services to its target audiences to increase reuse, recycling and diversion of post-consumer carpet discards in California.

Based in the Los Angeles area, Bolden looks forward to traveling extensively to meet with stakeholders across the state.

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CARE awards $2 million in grants

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 2.39.45 PMSacramento, Calif.Carpet America Recovery Effort’s (CARE) California Carpet Stewardship Program has formally signed contracts to distribute approximately $2 million in grant funding for six capital improvement and three product testing projects, with 85% of funding allocated for California-based projects. In total, the award funding will result in millions of pounds of recycled California-generated post-consumer carpet (PCC) output and tens of new California jobs by the end of 2016.

The grant funding supports capital investment, infrastructure and/or equipment that will process or manufacture products utilizing California-generated PCC, as well as product testing and research and development activities that investigate the use of PCC to manufacture established products, test or certify new or reformulated products, and/or feasibility studies on potential new uses of PCC. 
Awarded projects represent a significant expansion in California PCC capacity through enhanced or improved operations at one existing California facility, the support of one out-of-state pilot using California PCC with potential for in-state operations in future years, and the establishment of four new PCC operations in California (200% increase in the number of California PCC facilities). 
Grantees and a description of their projects are listed below:
  • American Fiber Cushion, Dalton, awarded $250,000 (Cycle 1A) – American Fiber Cushion has committed to working with California carpet recyclers to process and ship California PCC recycled output fibers to its existing Georgia facility to be remanufactured into new Tier II (no further processing needed for sale to end consumer) recycled products for resale. The company intends to use this project as a pilot operation for a future PCC processing facility in California.
  • Carpet Solutions, Carson, Calif., awarded $375,000 (Cycle 1A) – Through the installation of cleaning and pelletizing machines, Carpet Solutions will improve the quality of post-consumer nylon 6 and nylon 6,6 carpet fiber processed at its existing California based facility. The improved carpet fiber will fill a current market gap for the availability of clean, nylon fiber, suitable for pelletizing and use in Tier II manufacturing processes.
  • Carpet Solutions, Carson, Calif., awarded $24,000 (Cycle 1B) – This testing project will conduct sample testing of a 100% PCC nylon chair that is manufactured using California PCC nylon recycled output to diversify secondary use opportunities for recycled nylon feedstock. Chairs will undergo testing to qualify the new recycled product for marketing and sale in the U.S. 
  • CLEAR, Lake Villa, Ill., awarded $350,000 (Cycle 1A) – CLEAR is building a new facility in Lincoln, Calif., to manufacture products containing post-consumer carpet. The project will recycle carpet fiber into pellets for existing products such as shelves, toolboxes, pallets, and other products and use calcium carbonate for concrete forms. 
  • GHD, Santa Rosa, Calif., awarded $133,984 (Cycle 1B) – The purpose of this testing project, in partnership with Humboldt State University Environmental Resource Engineering (ERE) Department, is to help determine the feasibility of using PET carpet fiber for civil engineering applications such as lightweight fill, infiltration media, and erosion control. This project includes testing of Shredded Waste Carpet to define its beneficial properties as a construction material.
  • SafePath Products, Chico, Calif., awarded $462,000 (Cycle 1A) – SafePath Products will develop a new Tier II facility in Northern California that will use fiber and calcium carbonate as an additive in several existing products along with other engineering applications still being tested.
  • Sierra Rubber Company, Ripon, Calif., awarded $108,000 (Cycle 1A) – The purpose of this project is to purchase equipment necessary to expand new and existing product lines using recycled carpet components, and calcium carbonate in particular, blended with recycled rubber. Sierra Rubber Company will become a new California processor of PCC.
  • South Bend Modern Molding, Mishaka, Ind., awarded $50,000 (Cycle 1B) – This testing project will test various combinations of PCC components (primarily nylon, PET and CaCO3) with recycled rubber and plastics for various properties necessary for finished products, as well as perform tests on a large application sound barrier that utilizes PCC. 
  • XT Green, Irvine, Calif., awarded $250,000 (Cycle 1A) – Grant funds help support the construction of a new, advanced technology carpet recycling facility in Southern California. Operating under the name of EarthCare Carpet Recycling, the facility’s processing system was developed by XT Green to produce highest quality reclaimed nylon, polypropylene and calcium carbonate for use in manufacturing in California while also designed for record recycling rates, greenhouse gas reduction benefits and worker health protection standards. 
For information about the grant awards, please contact grants administrator Abbie Beane at (503) 320-4975 or