California AB 2398

California Carpet Stewardship Bill

  1. California Carpet Stewardship Program
  2. Program Overview
  3. AB 2398, California’s Law for Carpet Stewardship
  4. Frequently Asked Questions about AB 2398
  5. How Assessment Monies Are Used
  6. Non-Compliance Penalties
  7. AB 2398 For Retailers and Dealers
  8. AB 2398 For Manufacturers
  9. Information for Applicants for AB 2398 Funds
  10. About CARE Membership
  11. Helpful Links

California Carpet Stewardship Program

Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) serves as the stewardship organization administering the California Carpet Stewardship Program. Stewardship organizations (or individual manufacturers that are not represented by a stewardship organization) are responsible for submitting Carpet Stewardship Plans (Plan) to CalRecycle for approval.  CalRecycle approved CARE’s plan (v.3.0) in January 2014. Minor adjustments were incorporated into the plan in April and June 2014.

On December 28, 2014, CARE submitted and CalRecycle approved an Addendum to its approved Plan (v.3.2.2) in response to evolving market dynamics and concerns raised by CalRecycle’s review of the 2013 Annual Report. 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 CalRecycle’s site (see links in left column.)

AB 2398 2016 Annual Report (22 MB)

AB 2398 2015 Annual Report (33 MB)

AB 2398 2014 Annual Report (73 MB)

AB 2398 2013 Annual Report (4.4 MB)

AB 2398 2012 Annual Report (1.75 MB)

CARE Stewardship Plan

CARE Stewardship Plan Addendum

Quarter 4 2014 Results

Quarter 3 2014 Results

Quarter 2 2014 Results

Quarter 1 2014 Results

Quarter 4 2013 Results (222 KB)

Quarter 3 2013 Results (285 KB)

Quarter 2 2013 Results (257 KB)

Quarter 1 2013 Results (427 KB)

Quarter 4 2012 Results (322 KB)

Quarter 3 2012 Results (344 KB)

CARE Operational Guidelines for Handling and Processing Post-Consumer Carpet (106 KB)

A guidance document by CARE to provide best management practices and support for the recycling of post-consumer carpet. Actual requirements may vary by jurisdiction; your local code authority will always take precedence over these recommendations.

CARE Storage Guidelines for Post-Consumer Carpet (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.

Program Overview

AB 2398 – California Carpet Stewardship Introduction

In an effort to educate interested parties about California’ AB 2398, CARE has created an introductory presentation that covers many aspects of the law, including the updated assessment, effective April 1, 2016.

California Carpet Stewardship Program Overview (February 2016)

Join our email list to be notified of upcoming webinars and other program updates.

AB 2398, California’s Law for Carpet Stewardship

California’s Law AB 2398, for Carpet Stewardship

AB2398_BannerAB 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 assessment on each square yard of carpet sold in California. Effective January 1, 2017 this assessment is 25 cents per square yard. 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 – are 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 (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 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. CARE currently serves as the stewardship organization operating the only approved Carpet Stewardship Plan.

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.

CalRecycle – Product Stewardship and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Website for Carpet Stewardship Program

For purposes of the CARE Stewardship Plan, definitions included are in the AB 2398 statute, and in the Product Stewardship for Carpet Regulations (November, 2011), with some revisions, which have an asterisk. CARE Stewardship Plan Definitions (79 KB)

Frequently Asked Questions about AB 2398

AB 2398 – Frequently Asked Questions (123 KB) – Updated 01/30/2015

Roles and Responsibilities of Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) pursuant to AB 2398 (15 KB)

How Assessment Monies Are Used

The California Carpet Stewardship Program assessment is used to incentivize the development of new and existing uses for recovered carpet in order to increase diversion from landfill.  Incentives are paid to processors based on the amount of covered material that is recovered.

See current subsidy categories and amounts: Notice to Subsidy Participants, CSEs, Processors and Manufacturers.  (updated Sept. 2016.)

To learn more, see  also Information for Applicants for AB 2398 Funds

Non-Compliance Penalties

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.

  • One thousand dollars ($1,000) per day
  • Ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per day if violation is intentional, knowing, or negligent
  • Civil penalties may be imposed on any person who violates AB 2398 (i.e. manufacturer, distributor, importer, wholesaler, retailer)

AB 2398 For Retailers and Dealers

Information specifically for carpet retailers and dealers including webinars, marketing educational materials, and documents.

AB 2398 – California Carpet Stewardship Information for Retailers and Dealers

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.

AB 2398 – California Carpet Stewardship Information for Manufacturers

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.

AB 2398 – Information for Applicants for AB 2398 Funds

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.

Learn More About the Benefits of Becoming a Member of CARE.

Helpful Links

CARE California Carpet Reclamation Partners

About CARE and the Memorandum of Understanding for Carpet Stewardship (MOU)