AB 2398 - California Carpet Stewardship Bill
California Carpet Stewardship Program Update
Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), which serves as the stewardship organization administering the California Carpet Stewardship Program, requested an extension on its Carpet Stewardship Plan (Plan). CalRecycle conditionally-approved this Plan in January 2012, with December 31, 2012 as the due date for an updated Plan. CalRecycle is considering this request. Meanwhile, please note that the program continues operating under the Plan that was conditionally-approved until an updated Plan is approved.
Additionally, please note that the Plan maintains the same assessment fee that was specified in AB 2398, that is, a manufacturer of carpet shall add a carpet stewardship assessment of five cents ($0.05) per square yard to the purchase price of all carpet sold in the state by that manufacturer. This provision continues for the duration of the program, unless it is changed through a Plan update that is approved by CalRecycle. Specifics about the program can be found in the statute, regulations, and the California Carpet Stewardship Plan. Links to these documents can be found on this page (left column): www.calrecycle.ca.gov/carpet
Conditionally Approved Stewardship Plan(PDF 1.77 MB)
Quarter 4 2012 Results(PDF 322 KB)
A guidance document by CARE to provide best case practices and support the recycling of post-consumer carpet. Focuses on processing operations. Your local code authority will always take precedence over these recommendations.
CARE Storage Guidelines for Post-Consumer Carpet(PDF 101 KB)
A guidance document by CARE to provide best case practices and support the recycling of post-consumer carpet with an emphasis on indoor and outdoor storage. Your local code authority will always take precedence over these recommendations.
AB 2398 – California Carpet Stewardship Introduction Webinar
In an effort to educate interested parties about California’ AB 2398, CARE has created an introductory webinar that covers many aspects of the law.
AB 2398, California’s Law for Carpet Stewardship
California’s Law AB 2398, for Carpet Stewardship
AB 2398 is a Carpet Stewardship law, signed by the governor of California, on September 30, 2010. The purpose of the law is to increase the diversion and recycling of carpet in the state of California.
The law generates funding to meet the goals of AB 2398 through an initial assessment of 5-cents per square yard of carpet sold in California. Unlike other proposed stewardship legislation, that are intended to fund the entire burden of end-of-life management, this law is designed to find ways to incentivize the growth of carpet reclamation and recycling and still allow the market to work.
Manufacturers - either singly or as a group - will be required to submit a stewardship plan with the state for implementing AB 2398. Stewardship plans will include consumer education efforts, the assessment of fees, and progress measurement and reporting.
For a copy of AB 2398, and to learn more about the requirements, please click on the following link: AB 2398 – California Carpet Stewardship Bill(PDF 70 KB)
AB 2398 designated the Carpet America Recovery Effort, or CARE as its Carpet Stewardship Organization. Carpet manufacturers may participate in the stewardship plan being developed by CARE or a manufacturer may submit its own plan. Stewardship plans must be submitted to the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) by September 30, 2011. All plans must be approved by March 31, 2012 to be in compliance.
California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
CalRecycle is the state's leading authority on recycling, waste reduction, and product reuse. Officially known as the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, CalRecycle plays an important role in the stewardship of California's vast resources and promotes innovation in technology to encourage economic and environmental sustainability.
Frequently Asked Questions about AB 2398
AB 2398 – Frequently Asked Questions(PDF 123 KB) - Updated 08/16/2011
The law requires all manufacturers who sell into California, as well as all distributors, wholesalers and retailers, to comply with the law; – there is a penalty for non-compliance. A civil penalty may be imposed by California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) for anyone in violation of AB 2398.
AB 2398 For Retailers and Dealers
Information specifically for carpet retailers and dealers including webinars, marketing educational materials, and documents.
AB 2398 For Manufacturers
Information specifically for carpet manufacturers including Registration for the CARE Stewardship Plan for California AB 2398, and a list of Manufacturers who have registered with CARE's Stewardship Plan.
Information for Applicants for AB 2398 Funds
If you process post-consumer carpet diverted from landfills in the state of California, you may be eligible to apply for funds from AB 2398.
CARE’s Outreach to Rural Communities in California
CARE is pleased to announce its partnership with rural communities in California. With the implementation of AB 2398, CARE wants to give everyone in the state of California an opportunity to recycle their carpet. The program has been very successful. CARE hopes to expand the program in the future. A list of the counties in the program are listed below.
For more information about the Rural Communities Program and AB 2398, please visit CalRecycle’s website at www.calrecycle.ca.gov/epr/PolicyLaw/Carpet.htm.
About CARE Membership
If you are either directly involved in, or aligned with, the carpet industry, we ask you to support the efforts of CARE and do your part to make a sustainable difference.
As a member of CARE, you will be part of a nationwide organization that is diverting carpet from the landfill and finding valuable uses for post-consumer carpet.