Annual CARE Award Winners Announced
Los Angeles Fiber, Interface''s Eric Nelson Receive Honors
Amelia Island, FL - The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) honored two leaders from the growing world of post-consumer carpet recycling at the organization''s ninth annual conference held April 27 through April 29 at Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida. The recycling group announced winners of the CARE Recycler of the Year and Person of the Year awards.
Los Angeles Fiber was recognized as Recycler of the Year for its continued success in diverting post-consumer carpet from the nation''s landfills. Established in 1983 by Stan and Ronald Greitzer, Los Angeles Fiber quickly became one of the world''s largest carpet recyclers. According to the company, Los Angeles Fiber diverts enough carpet material from the landfill every year to fill three Pasadena Rose Bowls.
Los Angeles Fiber accepts post-consumer carpet and recycles it into synthetic carpet cushion through its sister company, Reliance Carpet Cushion. Reliance Carpet Eco-Cushion, a high-performance fiber pad for hospitality and residential applications, is manufactured from 100% post-consumer carpet and is completely recyclable.
LA Fiber''s recovered carpet material that does not find its way into Reliance carpet cushion is used in other noteworthy applications, including carpet fibers and backing, and engineered resins for automotive parts.
"Ron is the essence of an entrepreneur. His success in the difficult field of carpet recycling has inspired others and served as an example of what can be achieved in this field. He is also generous in sharing his experience and knowledge with others," said CARE Executive Director Georgina Sikorski.
In recognition of his exemplary leadership as a carpet recycling advocate and member of the CARE board of directors, Eric Nelson, Vice President of Interface Americas, was named CARE Person of the Year. Since joining the CARE board in 2008, Eric has devoted countless hours to CARE in the form of committee and workgroup participation.
As the innovator behind Interface''s ReEntry 2.0 closed loop process that recycles all types of carpet fiber and carpet backing into new products, Eric''s efforts have helped to significantly increase the amount of carpet material diverted. The ReEntry process reclaims existing carpet materials by purifying and then reintroducing them into the production cycle. ReEntry 2.0 currently recycles approximately 40 million pounds of carpet annually.
At Interface, Eric works with the plastics industry to repurpose recycled carpet material for use in parts manufacturing for consumer and industrial markets. He also coordinates with Interface vendors to explore how their services may be aligned with the ReEntry 2.0 model in a way that best fulfills those companies'' strategic business needs.
"For his innovative leadership in the technology of carpet fiber shearing, Eric is widely recognized as being on the leading edge of carpet recycling technology. He has contributed immeasurably to both the body of knowledge surrounding the process of carpet recycling and to the CARE organization. He is a great leader, an irreplaceable team player, and a genuinely warm and generous person," Ms. Sikorski said.
CARE was formed as a result of the Memorandum of Understanding for Carpet Stewardship (MOU), a national agreement signed by members of the carpet industry, representatives of government agencies at the federal, state and local levels and non-governmental organizations. CARE works to develop market-based solutions for recovering value from discarded carpet in order to facilitate the achievement of the organization''s ultimate goal of a 40% diversion rate of post consumer carpet from the nation''s landfills. For more information or to learn more about how to recycle used carpet, visit the Care website at www.carpetrecovery.org.