CARE administers the California Carpet Stewardship Program, which is charged with meeting the requirements for carpet recycling set by the California law AB 2398 (modified in 2017 by AB 1158) and managed by CalRecycle. AB 2398 is the 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 of 25 cents per square yard (as of January 1, 2017) of carpet sold in California. The law is designed to find ways to incentivize the growth of carpet reclamation and recycling and still allow the market to work. Effective January 1, 2019, all carpet sold and/or shipped in California is required to be assessed at $0.35 per square yard at the point of sale. This consumer pass-through assessment is an increase from the current $0.25 per square yard. The increase will be confirmed if the Program’s 2018-2022 Plan is approved by CalRecycle, which administers the California Carpet Stewardship Program, at their October 16, 2018 public meeting.
Currently, funds from the carpet assessment are used to:
- Support and incentivize the development and markets for products made from recycled carpet.
- Underwrite the collection and transport of carpet to/from drop-off sites.
- Inform and educate stakeholders about the importance, opportunities and challenges of keeping carpet out of landfill.
Map of Carpet Drop-off Sites in California
CARE Drop-Off Sites Services
Carpet Retailers and Dealers
Carpet Collectors and Processors
Recycled Carpet Products
Keep in Touch
Questions? Email CA@carpetrecovery.org