January 2006

Landfilled carpet amounts reduced by team of recyclers

Atlanta, GA— At this year’s Green Build Expo, the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), a joint initiative of the carpet industry, the Environmental Protection Agency, state governments and non-governmental organizations, is announcing a partnership with sustainable design company Tricycle, Inc. to reduce the amount of carpet waste landfilled annually.

In 2002, CARE established an ambitious schedule to divert 40% of carpet landfill waste by the year 2012 by focusing upon post-consumer carpet waste, helping to promote and develop carpet reclamation and recycling programs. Three years later, CARE reported more than 120 million pounds of landfill diversion of old carpet and was selected as one of the “25 Environmental Champions for 2005” in a recent industry survey.

Tricycle’s services enable manufacturers to design and prototype carpet as well as send samples to architects and interiors designers before physically manufacturing the products. In 12 months, in external product samples sent to architects and designers alone, Tricycle simulation prevented more than 50,000 pounds of carpet from making its way to landfill.

CARE’s emphasis upon post-consumer waste aligns with Tricycle’s elimination of unnecessary pre-production waste, to impact the full lifecycle of products in the carpet and textile industries.

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