The carpet producer Empire Today, based in Northlake, Ill., has signed on to participate with the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) by initiating a recycling program.
Through a partnership with CLEAR (Carpet Landfill Elimination And Recycling), 100 percent of the carpet and padding removed by Empire’s residential, small business and commercial installers that can be recycled, will be recycled.
To accomplish this, in first quarter 2011, Empire piloted a new recycling program in select service areas. Since then, more than six million pounds of carpet and padding have been recycled. The program is operational in more than 25 of Empire's service areas and continues expanding throughout the remainder of the year.
"We continually strive to make a positive impact on the communities we live in and service each and every day," says Steve Silvers, CEO for Empire Today. "Our goal is to be a leading retail floor covering recycler in the United States, moving millions of pounds of carpet and padding from landfills to recycling facilities."