Carpet Collection Gets a Boost
Dalton, GA, July 28, 2021-The California Carpet Stewardship Program, which is run by CARE (Carpet America Recovery Effort), has awarded its first grant to an apprentice and journeyman program under Cycle 4 Micro Grants for Collection/Reuse (Cycle 4M). The award comes out of a separate $100,000 fund designated for apprentices and journeymen in the carpet installation sector. The monies fulfill CARE’s on-going commitment to supporting this sector under its 2018-22 California Carpet Stewardship Plan.
The $15,000 grant was awarded to District Council 16 of the Journeyman and Apprentice Training Trust Fund (JATTF) of San Leandro to establish a post-consumer carpet (PCC) collection station and wrapper that will prepare the PCC to recycler specifications. The equipment will also weigh the PCC, enabling businesses to earn points toward LEED certification. JATTF plans to begin using the new equipment in August and estimates diverting at least one truckload of PCC per week from California landfills. JATTF is a regional training center for apprentices and also provides continuing education for journeymen in multiple trades.
In addition to working with the flooring installer union, CARE is partnering with major manufacturers Mohawk and Shaw to pilot convenient collection efforts for their customers at will-call distribution centers in both Northern and Southern California.