Proposed Differential Assessment Plan for the California Carpet Stewardship Program
California passed additional carpet legislation that went into effect January 1, 2020 (AB 729). That law requires CARE to implement a differential assessment on each square yard of carpet that reflects its cost to recycle. After almost a year of analysis CARE, working with carpet manufacturers, has developed the proposed Carpet Differential Assessment (CDA) Plan.
In the proposed plan, differential assessments will be based on broadloom vs. tile. All broadloom (residential and commercial) will be treated the same.
- Broadloom assessment: 35 cents/yd2; No change vs. the current assessment.
- Carpet tile assessment: 50 cents/yd2; Effective date TBD.
Another provision of the law requires that we provide recognition of carpet products containing post-consumer (PC) content. Initially this requirement will be reflected in the assessment being reduced by 2 cents/yd2 for any product, broadloom or tile, that has 10% or more certified PC content.
As a result, the proposed Plan has four different levels of assessment:
|Proposed Differential Assessment Levels|
|Product||> or = 10% Post-Consumer Content||<10% Post-Consumer Content|
|Broadloom||$0.33 /square yard||$0.35 /square yard|
|Tile||$0.48 /square yard||$0.50 /square yard|
CARE will be developing sales force training information and consumer explanation flyers for retailers’ use. (See also Proposed Differential Assessments: Frequently Asked Questions)
Letter to CARE Retailers, Distributors and Mills, March 2021
Please note: these are proposed changes and subject to change, as they have not yet been reviewed or approved by CalRecycle.