The CARE California team presented a session and participated as an exhibitor at this month’s California Resource Recovery Association conference in Sacramento. The Conference draws hundreds of city, county and other government workers along with representatives from businesses and non-profits to network and learn about all aspects of California’s reduce-reuse-recycle-compost economy.
At the booth, the team fielded questions about carpet recycling and diversion from the hundreds of attendees, and encouraged local government agency representatives to spread the word about carpet recycling in their area through the CARE drop-off site map, brochure, the Buy Recycled campaign, and other resources.
On Tuesday, August 9, a session on EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) and carpet included presentations by California Program Manager Brennen Jensen, Market Development Consultant Mike Tinney and Senior Associate Lisa Mekis. Brennen gave an overview of the current state of carpet recycling in California, including some tough macro-economic challenges, such as the recent drop in the price of oil, which have hurt recycling of many materials in California. Mike introduced the first Double Green products, containing both carpet and one other material (such as recycled tires) diverted from the California waste stream. He noted how CARE’s new procurement grant program will support California public agencies and their contractors to purchase products made with post-consumer recycled-carpet content. Lisa addressed how the local government representatives in the audience could increase and improve carpet recycling. She concluded by noting the steps local government recycling coordinators and other public works staff could take to work with CARE:
- Become a CARE Carpet Recycling Drop-Off Site
- Promote Existing Drop-Off Sites
- Inform Retailers, Installers & Consumers
- Buy Recycled Carpet Content Products
- Apply for Procurement Grant Opportunities
- Request Education & Outreach in Their Area
View the presentations:
California Carpet Stewardship Program – Pathway to a New Plan
California Carpet Stewardship Program: Recycled Carpet Products in California
California Carpet Stewardship Program: Local Government Tools