CARE awards Shaw, Mohawk and others for recycling efforts
Home & Textiles Today Staff -- Home Textiles Today, May 1, 2009
Lansdowne, Va. -- The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) this week honored four innovators from the growing world of post-consumer carpet recycling -- including Shaw and Mohawk -- at the organization's seventh annual conference.
Held here at the National Conference Center from April 28 to May 1, the event set the stage for the recycling group to announce this year’s winners of the “EPA/CARE Innovations in Recycling” award and the “CARE Recycler of the Year” and “Person of the Year” awards.
Established just two years ago, the EPA/CARE award recognizes innovation in a product containing post-consumer carpet content, or a process that diverts substantial amounts of post-consumer carpet from landfills, the organization explained. This year the award was shared by: Shaw Industries' Evergreen Nylon recycling facility, and the Los Angeles Fiber Company and its president, Ronald Greitzer.
Since Shaw began operating 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, significant fossil fuel usage was avoided through the plant's waste-to-energy processing.
And Ron Greitzer, who the organization described as “a visionary and unselfish leader,” has given more than a decade of involvement in carpet recycling. Over the past nine years, his Los Angeles Fiber Company has recycled more than 464 million pounds of post-consumer carpet, amounting to more than 40% of the accumulated poundage of recycled carpet reported by CARE since it began collecting data in 2002.
“Clearly, without Mr. Greitzer's efforts, CARE would not have reached their 2007 milestone of one billion pounds of post-consumer carpet recovered,” the organzation side in a statement. “Greitzer's Reliance Carpet Cushion products are made entirely of post-consumer carpet fiber, and represent a major potential market for post-consumer fiber.”
As CARE’s Recycler of the Year, Mohawk Industries is recognized for its GreenWorks post-consumer recycling center, which converts post-consumer carpet into engineered resins that can be used in a broad range of valuable post-consumer products.
For “his exemplary leadership” on the CARE board, as chairman of various CARE committees, Brendan McSheehy Jr. was named CARE Person of the Year.
McSheehy, who is director of research and development for Universal Fiber Systems, has been actively involved in carpet fiber research and recycling since 1993. A patent-holder for a method of cleaning and separating post-consumer carpet face yarn, he was instrumental in the development of his company's ReFresh Fiber, which contains post-consumer content from recycled nylon Type 6,6 carpet.
"CARE's goals of finding market-based solutions for post-consumer carpet and diverting carpet from landfills cannot be achieved without the kind of vision and commitment exemplified by the individuals and companies we honor this year," said CARE executive director Georgina Sikorski.
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