Shaw Industries wins award
The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)
honored two leaders from the growing world of post-consumer carpet
recycling at the organization’s eighth Annual Conference in April.
The recycling group announced winners of the CARE Recycler of
the Year and Person of the Year awards.
Shaw Industries was recognized by CARE for its continued investment
in both people and processes designed to increase the diversion
of post consumer carpet from landfills. Shaw Industries was previously
honored by CARE for its carpet recycling efforts in 2007, when
it received the Recycler of the Year award following its purchase
and launch of the Evergreen Nylon Recycling facility. As a cornerstone
of their reclamation efforts, Shaw’s Evergreen Nylon Recycling
program converts Nylon 6 fiber from post consumer carpet back
into raw material to make new carpet fiber. As the leader in
carpet recycling by volume, Shaw currently recycles enough nylon
fiber to wrap the earth more than 2,000 times each year.
Since Shaw opened up the Evergreen plant in 2007, the company
has recycled more than 220 million pounds of post-consumer Nylon
6 carpet and more than 36 million pounds of post-consumer carpet
filler. In addition to its current reclamation operations, Shaw
continues to research opportunities for ways to utilize waste
In 2009, Shaw began construction of Re2E (Reclaim to Energy),
a first-of-its kind, carpet-fueled co-generation facility in
Dalton, Georgia. The facility will consume 76 million pounds
of post-consumer and post industrial carpet annually and will
generate electricity and steam power for one of the company’s
carpet mills. The project addresses three of Shaw’s main environmental
priorities: alternative energy sourcing (and energy cost stabilization),
the diversion of post-consumer and post industrial carpet waste
from landfills, and the expansion of Shaw’s post-consumer carpet
Another example of Shaw’s forward-looking strategy is its creation
of the Materials Recovery Strategic Business Unit. This newly-staffed
team is dedicated to developing products derived from all types
of post-consumer carpets and then finding paths to markets for
these newly-created products.
In recognition of her exemplary leadership as CARE’s executive
director, Georgina Sikorski was named CARE Person of the Year.
Since joining CARE in 2009, Sikorski has guided the group through
overwhelmingly difficult economic conditions, managing during
that time to significantly increase both revenues and membership
– CARE membership currently stands at 280, up from 50 just a
year earlier. In addition, influenced by Sikorski’s enthusiasm
and skill at accomplishing goals, the CARE board of directors
has made remarkable progress towards the organization’s corporate
goals of achieving sustainable funding, developing end-markets
for post- consumer carpet, and increasing awareness of CARE and
its leadership position in carpet recycling.