The office carpet is easy to overlook, since it sits underneath furniture and blends into the environment. Like many other aspects of a building, carpet can play a role in building a culture of recycling within the company and teaching managers, workers and others to prefer reused goods.
According to a press release from the California government, the state's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is taking pains to promote carpet recycling through its Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE). Through this initiative, the department intends to make significant strides in increasing recycling rates over the next few years.
This includes raising the current retail assessment for carpet purchases in-state in order to support incentives for making and recycling carpet materials. The director of the Department, Carroll Mortensen, praised the new changes and gave a brief forecast of the future of the program.
"We're pleased CARE is taking further action to increase our state's carpet recycling efforts," Mortensen said in an official statement. "As we work toward California's statewide goal of 75 percent recycling by 2020, we will continually evaluate all proven and promising initiatives to help get us there."
A carpet can be functional, visually distinctive and recyclable at once. USA Today recently reported on carpets used at airport facilities across the country, from Arizona to Nashville. These examples prove that an airport terminal can find a carpet that fulfills its purpose but can also be recycled regularly when the time comes. Some airport carpets, like that of the Portland International Airport, are so striking that people take photos of them to share.
Your office should research both both a green-friendly carpet and quality office furniture that can accommodate it. As these stories prove, recycling isn't just about paper, but can involve everything in and around an environmentally-minded workspace.