Differential Assessment Plan for the California Carpet Stewardship Program
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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 Differential Assessment Plan.
CalRecycle is requiring implementation of Carpet Differential Assessments by April 1, 2022.
In the plan, differential assessments will be based on broadloom vs. tile. All broadloom (residential and commercial) will be treated the same.
- Broadloom assessment: 35 cents/sq yd; No change vs. the current assessment.
- Carpet tile assessment: 50 cents/sq yd; Effective date April 1, 2022
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:
|Differential Assessment Levels as of April 1, 2022|
|Product||> or = 10% Post-Consumer Content||<10% Post-Consumer Content|
|Broadloom||$0.33 /square yard||$0.35 /square yard|
|Carpet 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 Differential Assessments: Frequently Asked Questions)
Differential Assessment Implementation
Differential Assessments: Frequently Asked Questions– Feb 2022 (Download)
Retailer Brochure (Download)
Differential Assessment Notices
California Carpet Stewardship Program Differential Assessment Approach (Submitted to CalRecycle October 26, 2021)
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.