CARE Honors Carpet Recycling Leaders

Amelia Island, FL, May 2, 2011 -- The Carpet America Recovery Effort honored two leaders from the growing world of post-consumer carpet recycling at the organization's ninth annual conference held April 27-29.

Los Angeles Fiber was recognized as Recycler of the Year for its continued success in diverting post-consumer carpet from the nation's landfills.

Established in 1983 by Stan and Ronald Greitzer, Los Angeles Fiber quickly became one of the world's largest carpet recyclers.

Los Angeles Fiber recycles post-consumer carpet into synthetic carpet cushion through its sister company, Reliance Carpet Cushion.

Recovered carpet material that is not used in Reliance carpet cushion is processed for carpet fibers and backing, and engineered resins for automotive parts.

Eric Nelson, vice president of Interface Americas, was named CARE Person of the Year. Since joining the CARE board in 2008, Nelson has devoted many hours to CARE in the form of committee and workgroup participation.

Nelson is the innovator behind Interface's ReEntry 2.0 closed loop process that recycles all types of carpet fiber and carpet backing into new products.

At Interface, Eric works with the plastics industry to repurpose recycled carpet material for use in parts manufacturing for consumer and industrial markets.