CARE Names 2023 Person and Recycler of the Year

Dalton, GA, May 9, 2024-CARE announced winners of the Person and Recycler of the Year Awards for 2023 on May 7 in conjunction with the organization’s 22nd Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 2023 CARE Person of the Year is Wes Nelson of GreenWaste Carpet Recycling. CARE Recycler of the Year is Repurpose Earth (Gardena, California).

CARE Person of the Year Wes Nelson is the sales and marketing manager for GreenWaste Carpet Recycling, a division of GreenWaste Recovery. Nelson has been involved in the sales and marketing of products, installation and services in the flooring industry for over 25 years in Northern California. He evolved into the recycling end of the business in June 2011, prior to the implementation of the California’s Carpet Stewardship Program with AB 2398 on July 1, 2011. Nelson is a board member for the California Product Stewardship Council and serves as the chairman and member of the California Carpet Stewardship Program Advisory Committee. 

The 2023 Recycler of the Year, Repurpose Earth, collects carpet tile from construction projects along with attic stock or overages and redistributes it to disadvantaged communities. Founded by mother/daughter team Angie and Andrea Poventud, Repurpose Earth focuses exclusively on carpet tile reuse. The company received a CARE grant in 2023 that funded equipment to enable the company to increase collection and redistribution while planning for future growth. As a mission-driven organization, not only has Repurpose Earth contributed to the effort to keep carpet out of landfills, but in reusing those resources, to improve the lives of people.