|March 2016 WRED Event|
The Big Stuff:
Next, longtime WSRA member and innovator in recycling, Terry Gillis with Recovery 1 and Carpet Processing and Recycling LLC took the audience through the journey of engineering the ground breaking equipment that is the basis of his carpet processing facility in Tacoma. Through trial and some error, Carpet Processing and Recycling is on the cusp on being fully operational and our group was able to be part of that journey! One audience member said "This guy is incredible!", WSRA agrees!
Brent Erickson with Mohawk Group joined us representing the manufacturing side of the carpet industry. Brent gave the audience a dive into the sustainability and recycling practices of Mohawk. The carpet recycling presenters then answered audience questions and we headed into a break where attendees indulged in some refreshments and networking.
Returning to the program and moving to the mattress portion of the day, Alex Erzen, program manager with King County Solid Waste got us started. Alex went into the recent history of mattress recycling in the United States as well as the work being done in Washington. Alex went into the producer responsibility programs as well as disposal bans in different states and in British Columbia. He also gave a picture of what is coming. on a national level and here in the Puget Sound area.
To conclude our presentations for the day, Jeremy Simler, Director of Operations with the NW Furniture Bank delighted the audience with the story of the NW Furniture Bank and their Spring Back Mattress Recycling program. Compared to the high tech operations of Carpet Processing and Recycling, Spring Back goes back to a labor intensive deconstruction of mattresses and then in turn recycles the resulting materials. Partnering with Mohawk, Nucor Steel and Trex , the materials recovered from the thousands of mattresses the organization receives, get diverted from landfills and used again. Spring Back Recycling received a WSRA Recycler of the Year Award in 2015 for Innovation and our attendees got to see this first hand.
Attendees then enjoyed lunch and more networking time with the speakers and other attendees. We then headed out on tours of both Carpet Processing and Recycling, LLC and NW Furniture Bank to see the hard work and innovation happening first hand.
Here are some great photos of the operations at Spring Back Recycling, thank you to WSRA Board Member Angela Wallis.
A Brief History of Carpet Recycling
Alli Kingfisher, WA Dept of Ecology
Mohawk's Innovations in Sustainability
View the video in Brent's presentation HERE
Brent Erickson, Mohawk
Mattress Recycling in King County and Nationally
Alex Erzen, King County Solid Waste
The Story of the NW Furniture Bank and Springback Recycling
Jeremy Simler, NW Furniture Bank
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