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The Problem

According to California’s 2008 Waste Characterization Study, carpet is one of the top 10 most prevalent materials disposed of in California. It is bulky and difficult to manage, and has the fourth largest greenhouse gas footprint of any product waste in California. Every year 4 billion pounds of carpet are discarded in the U.S. and only about 1 percent is recycled.

Supporting Carpet Stewardship

In 2010, CPSC worked closely with carpet manufacturers, recyclers, the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), and Assembly Speaker John Perez to develop product stewardship legislation to support the recycling of waste carpet. The result was AB 2398, which created new manufacturing jobs in California. The number of carpet recyclers in California incresed from two to sixteen, reducing the need to put carpet in landfills. In Southern California, around 36 percent of carpet is now collected for recycling.

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Pictured – CPSC Executive Director Heidi Sanborn (Right) presents a Legislative Leadership Award to Assembly Speaker John Perez (Center) for his efforts to pass AB 2398. Also pictured is Peter Price, Office of Assembly Speaker John Perez (Left).


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CARE is a joint industry-government effort to increase the amount of recycling and reuse of post-consumer carpet. CARE administers the California Carpet Stewardship Program, which is charged with meeting the requirements for carpet recycling set by AB 2398 and managed by CalRecycle. CARE works to advance market-based solutions that increase landfill diversion and recycling of post-consumer carpet, encourage design for recyclability and meet meaningful goals.

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