Robert Peoples


Presentation Title

The State of Carpet Recycling in the U.S.

Dr. Robert Peoples, Executive Director, Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)


Carpet recycling in the U.S. has long been a challenge. CARE, now in operation for over 17 years, is the only organization focused on carpet recycling. CA is the only state with a mandatory carpet recycling law. This seminar will focus on national trends and a comparison between CA and the rest of the country. What works and what does not, barriers to carpet recycling and market dynamics. In addition, we will look at where recycling takes place and innovative new processes and products that use post-consumer carpet.  There will be time for detailed questions and answer. 

Learning Objectives

1. Develop an understanding of carpet recycling and the challenges.

2. Gain an appreciation for how carpet is recycled and process technologies available.

3. Learn about products available with post-consumer carpet content and Double GreenSMproducts.

4. What are the key contacts for additional information when it comes to carpet recycling.


Prior to joining CARE, Dr. Robert Peoples was Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute in Washington, D.C. where his contributions have been recognized globally.  Prior to the Green Chemistry Institute, he served as the founding Executive Director and Board member of The Carpet America Recovery Effort in addition to Sustainability Director for the Carpet & Rug Institute. He also serves as President of the consulting firm Environmental Impact Group, LLC. Dr. Peoples has over seen the growth of the CARE organization from its beginning in January 2002 to what is today a $35M operational enterprise. Prior to his move into the non-profit sector in 2008, Bob worked for Monsanto and its spin-off company Solutia where he served as the Director of Nylon Technology.