It’s standard practice for us to recycle or repurpose existing carpet tile or broadloom so it can be converted into raw materials, energy or even new carpet.
For more than 20 years, we’ve partnered with LA Fiber to recycle discarded broadloom carpet and carpet padding. They provide us with an empty 44-foot trailer to fill with these materials, which is housed at our Irvine warehouse. Once it’s full, LA Fiber picks it up and uses the raw materials within it to produce carpet cushioning that is made from 90% post-consumer synthetic fiber. On average, we fill a trailer once per month, which equates to about 25,000 pounds of material. LA Fiber replaces every full trailer with an empty one, so we can start the process all over again.
When it comes to recycling carpet tile, we partner with Interface and Shaw Contract, two of our flooring manufacturers. Both provide us with empty trailers to fill with particular materials, which are exchanged with new ones once full. Interface recycles any and all PVC-backed carpet regardless of manufacturer, while Shaw Contract recycles any of its products that contain EcoWorx backing. We typically fill two to three trailers per year
After many projects, we find ourselves with leftover (yet perfectly good!) unused materials in our warehouse. We feel these materials can be of much more value to charitable organizations that can put them to good use. That’s why we’re proud to support many admirable organizations, including Fred Jordan Missions, Surfrider Foundation, Providence Speech and Hearing Center, New West Charter Middle School and Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, to name a few.