CARE Awards $2 Million in Grants to Support Carpet Recycling in CA
Sacramento, CA, May 27, 2016—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 post-consumer carpet
(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
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 (awardees are listed
* American Fiber Cushion, Dalton, GA, awarded $250,000; 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
* Carpet Solutions, Carson, CA, awarded $375,000; 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, CA, awarded $24,000; This testing
project will conduct sample testing of a 100% post-consumer carpet 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, IL, awarded $350,000; CLEAR is
building a new facility in Lincoln, California 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, CA, awarded $133,984; 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, CA, awarded $462,000; 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, CA, awarded $108,000; 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, IN, awarded $50,000; 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, CA, awarded $250,000; 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.