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California carpet recycling fee kicks in

BY Brae Canlen

A new state law that requires carpet manufacturers to add five cents to every square yard of carpeting sold or shipped into California went into effect on July 1. The purpose of the new fee is to incentivize carpet recycling and encourage the production of products made from recycled carpets. 

Discarded carpet is one of the 10 most prevalent waste materials in California landfills, according to state officials. Most carpet is made from nylon and other polymers derived from virgin oil, and can therefore be  recycled into numerous products including carpet backing and backing components, carpet fiber, carpet underlayment, plastics and engineered materials, and erosion control products. Several carpet recycling facilities currently operate in California, offering jobs, and producing products and feedstock for products made from recycled carpet.

The program was created by the state legislature last year and will be administered by Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), a not-for-profit organization formed as a public/private partnership between government entities, businesses, and members of the carpet industry. 

 

 


 

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S.Carmicheal says:
Apr-10-2012 06:46 am

People are going to be less
People are going to be less likely to just dump their old carpets into skip bins given the implementation of this law definitely. But how helpful is that in helping the situation really?

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Pentair recognized by True Value

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Pentair has been recognized as True Value Company’s 2010 Partner of the Year.

The award was announced at the Chicago-based co-op’s annual vendor award banquet in Chicago.

Pentair, which makes water-management products including Flotec pumps, said the award was based on "a 35% increase in retail sales at point-of-sale, margin expansion, consistent shipments with on-time/complete delivery rates at 95% or better, and participation in several key retailer-support programs."

 

 

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Verschuren to lead Canadian leadership conference

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Annette Verschuren, the former president of Home Depot Canada, will chair the 2012 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, according to an article in the Montreal Gazette. She will be the first woman ever to lead the symposium.

The conference, founded in 1983, chooses 230 young Canadian leaders from business, labor, public administration and the community sector for an intensive two-week training program. So far, half the applicants are women, also a first, Verschuren said. 

The 55-year-old executive, who grew up in Canada, left Home Depot this past January after a 15-year career. She helped build the Atlanta retailer’s Canada division from 19 stores into 179 outlets, 27,000 employees and $6 billion in sales. In 2006 she was named president of Home Depot Asia, putting her in charge of the company’s China stores as well.

 

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