- The recycled output rate (aka “recycling rate”) increased from 11% in 2016 to 14% in 2017, a 29% increase.
- Post-Consumer Carpet Calcium Carbonate (PC4) use in recycled products expanded to over 10.5 million pounds, reaching 22% of total recycled output in 2017, an annual increase of 337%. (See more about recycled carpet-derived products.)
- The number of Program-supported public collection increased to 44 sites servicing 41 counties, up from 33 sites in 33 counties in 2016. (See public drop-off sites map.)
- Yield (percent of gross collections converted into recycled output) reached its highest level in 2017 at 48%, compared to a 5-year historical average of 34% from 2011-2016.
The assessment increase to 25 cents on January 1, 2017 allowed the Program to enact short- and long-term strategies, including:
- Adding a suite of collector/sorter entrepreneur (CSE), Tier-1 processor, and Tier-2 manufacturer subsidies, and modifying others.
- Launching a new pilot Tier-2 nylon 6 subsidy of $0.10/lb. for recycled products made from Type 1 nylon 6 recycled output in October 2017.
- Expanding budgets for collection site support and outreach and education.
- Developing economic models for analyzing ‘what if’ scenarios: economic, financial, cost conversion.
While several declining metrics are noted, overall Program progress is moving in a positive direction as recycled output pounds reached their highest levels since the Program began. Moving forward, the California Program will continue to partner with its stakeholders to find new ways to stimulate the industry in both the short and long term to increase collection, processing capacity and manufacturing presence in California, while promoting carpet recycling across the state.