Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Carpet Recycling: People Are the Power

CARE's Sikorski says People Are the Power for Carpet Recycling on Natural Interiors.

Georgina Sikorski,  Executive Director of Carpet American Recovery Effort (CARE), says that for carpet recycling to continue to grow in the future, people need to step up – and ask for it.

In a March 26, 2012 article titled "An Outgoing Message" that appeared on the blog Natural Interiors, Ms. Sikorski told editor Nancy Kibbee that customers have an important role to play in order to move up to what she calls, “the next level of carpet recycling.”

Since CARE was founded in 2002, Ms. Sikorski says CARE and its members have diverted more than 2 billion pounds of waste carpet from landfills.  All of the non-profit recycling group’s efforts have been voluntary, and the solutions they have come up with have been financially sustainable. If you are looking to recycle your old carpet, Ms. Sikorski says you can check out the map on the CARE website where more than 100 CARE-certified U.S. carpet recycling centers are listed.

 “…if consumers would ask their retailer or installer to recycle their carpet when it gets replaced, that would make a great difference,”Ms. Sikorski said.

And retailers are getting involved in larger numbers. Says one retailer from Ohio, http://www.carpetlandcincinnati.com/ “We are making a point of telling customers in our proposals that we are removing existing carpet and pad and hauling it away to recycle it’”

Thanks, Georgina,

Bethany

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