For Immediate Release:

Bob Peoples, Executive Director, CARE
Phone: 706-428-2127

CARE Names 2022 Persons of the Year

Carpet Recycling Industry Veterans Joe Yarbrough and Wyatt Rollins Recognized

Dalton, GA – CARE announced winners of the Persons of the Year Awards for 2022 on April 26th in conjunction with the organization’s 21st Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. The 2022 Persons of the Year are Joe Yarbrough and Wyatt Rollins.


Joe Yarbrough was named President of the Carpet and Rug Institute in 2014. He went to CRI from Mohawk Industries, where he had served as senior vice president for advanced manufacturing engineering. Earlier in his career, Yarbrough spent six years with Coronet Industries and was later vice president for manufacturing for Aladdin Mills when that company merged with Mohawk in 1994


Wyatt Rollins has been a respected and quiet force in the carpet recycling world for many years. In addition to his variety of roles at Shaw Industries, he has been an active member of the CARE Board and Sustainable Plan Committee for years and currently serves as CARE’s Chair.


Executive Director Bob Peoples noted, “The industry’s accomplishments come down to the efforts of a lot of smart, hardworking folks. It’s a pleasure to be able to recognize these winners for their contributions to the success of us all.”


The well-attended Conference showcased recent developments for the carpet recycling industry, recycling technology, the ID equipment challenge, Extended Producer Responsibility, and new products and markets. The Conference welcomed international visitors from Australia, Denmark, Ireland, and the United Kingdom and conference feedback has been uniformly positive.

Pictured, l to r: Persons of the Year Wyatt Rollins and Joe Yarbrough with CARE Executive Director Bob Peoples at CARE's 21st Annual Conference.

About Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)

Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) is a voluntary, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the landfill diversion, reuse, and recycling of waste carpet, through market-based solutions that benefit the economy as well as the environment. CARE in charge of implementing the California Carpet Stewardship Program as required by California law AB 2398. CARE members include independent carpet recyclers, carpet manufacturers, dealers, retailers and suppliers and non-governmental organizations.

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