Increased assessment funds will support carpet recovery efforts through subsidies, grants and other efforts
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
October 5, 2016
Sacramento, CA-The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) has announced an updated assessment fee of 25 cents per square yard on all carpet sold or shipped in California, effective January 1, 2017. The rate is an increase from the previous assessment of 20 cents per square yard. The assessment is collected by the retailer from the consumer, and is then remitted to CARE by way of the carpet manufacturers.
“We are pleased that the California program is seeing a steady increase in recycled pounds this year and expects dramatic growth in incentive payouts beginning in 2017,” notes CARE Executive Director Bob Peoples. “To meet financial obligations to make these payouts, it is necessary to collect additional funds through the assessment.” CARE was pre-approved to implement this increase if deemed necessary, as approved by CalRecycle on January 26, 2016.
CARE employs the assessment funds for the following efforts:
Since July 1, 2011, all California carpet manufacturers and retailers have been required under carpet stewardship law AB 2398 to add an assessment fee onto all carpet sold in the state. The law is designed to increase landfill diversion and recycling of post-consumer carpet generated in California. CARE administers the California Carpet Stewardship Program, which is charged with meeting the requirements for carpet recycling set by AB 2398. In 2015 alone, 103 million pounds of carpet was diverted from the California waste stream through the efforts of retailers, installers, manufacturers, recyclers and the California Carpet Stewardship Program.
The CARE website offers free support and resources for retailers, including email notifications and a 30-minute informational webinar on the assessment on Wednesday, November 16, at 10 a.m. PST. Register here. For more information, visit the CARE website.
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