Carpet recycling sees increase
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) announced that it recovered almost five percent more carpet in 2012 than it did the year previous.
The carpet industry-led CARE released its annual report, reporting that 351 million pounds of carpet were diverted from U.S. landfills in 2012, up from the 333 million pounds diverted the year previous, a more-than five percent increase.
"When we started in 2002 there was virtually no carpet-to-carpet recycling," said Robert Peoples, the group's executive director in a press release releasing the diversion figures. "Today almost 30 percent of recycled carpet goes back into carpet itself."
CARE serves as the stewardship organization for California's AB 2398 carpet recycling law. During 2012, the first calendar year under the law 80 carpet manufacturers participated in the CARE Stewardship Plan and 112 million pounds of carpet were diverted from landfill, 48 million pounds of which were recycled in the Golden State.