|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
October 3, 2018 — Sacramento, CA-The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) has announced an updated assessment fee of 35 cents per square yard on all carpet sold or shipped in California, effective January 1, 2019. The rate is an increase from the previous assessment of 25 cents per square yard, set in January 2017. The assessment is collected by the retailer from the consumer, and is then remitted to CARE by way of the carpet manufacturers.
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.
“This is the only planned increase in the assessment included in our recently-submitted 5 Year Plan,” noted CARE Executive Director Robert Peoples. “Should further adjustments be necessary during this time period, CARE will notify retailers as early as possible, with at least 90 days’ notice. CARE is working diligently to increase carpet collection and recycling opportunities, while supporting the recycling infrastructure in the state. We are confident that the Plan will allow us to meet or exceed the required 24% statutory recycling rate as of January 1, 2020.” CARE is continuing to operate under the CARE 2011-2016 Plan and CalRecycle has approved CARE’s request to move forward with notification regarding an assessment increase that will be effective January 1, 2019.”
The assessment funds support 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 and new requirements under AB 1158 that went into effect January 2018. In 2017 alone, 98 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. Since the program started in July 2011, CARE recyclers have kept more than 285,000,000 pounds of old carpet out of California landfills.
The CARE website offers support and resources for retailers, including email notifications and a 30-minute informational webinar on the assessment on Thursday, November 8, at 1:00 p.m. PST. Register here. For more information, visit the CARE website.
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- The recycled output rate (aka “recycling rate”) increased from 11% in 2016 to 14% in 2017, a 29% increase.
- Post-Consumer Carpet Calcium Carbonate (PC4) use in recycled products expanded to over 10.5 million pounds, reaching 22% of total recycled output in 2017, an annual increase of 337%. (See more about recycled carpet-derived products.)
- The number of Program-supported public collection increased to 44 sites servicing 41 counties, up from 33 sites in 33 counties in 2016. (See public drop-off sites map.)
- Yield (percent of gross collections converted into recycled output) reached its highest level in 2017 at 48%, compared to a 5-year historical average of 34% from 2011-2016.
The assessment increase to 25 cents on January 1, 2017 allowed the Program to enact short- and long-term strategies, including:
- Adding a suite of collector/sorter entrepreneur (CSE), Tier-1 processor, and Tier-2 manufacturer subsidies, and modifying others.
- Launching a new pilot Tier-2 nylon 6 subsidy of $0.10/lb. for recycled products made from Type 1 nylon 6 recycled output in October 2017.
- Expanding budgets for collection site support and outreach and education.
- Developing economic models for analyzing ‘what if’ scenarios: economic, financial, cost conversion.
While several declining metrics are noted, overall Program progress is moving in a positive direction as recycled output pounds reached their highest levels since the Program began. Moving forward, the California Program will continue to partner with its stakeholders to find new ways to stimulate the industry in both the short and long term to increase collection, processing capacity and manufacturing presence in California, while promoting carpet recycling across the state.
As of December 2017, CARE estimates there are approximately 204 private service and public drop-off sites for carpet in California. Preliminary analysis of sites operating at the close of 2017 shows that 95% of the state’s population lives within a county with access to one or more private or public carpet recycling sites, providing an average of one site per 186,000 people. Twelve counties have five or more sites, six counties have ten or more sites, and two have more than twenty-five sites.
To better understand the issues around collection and to set further goals, a convenience study is currently underway and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018. Cascadia Consulting reported on the study process and interim findings at the California Resource Recovery Association conference on July 29. See presentation below.
CARE has produced a catalog highlighting the range of products that contain California-sourced post-consumer recycled carpet. Featured products include insulation, wheelchair ramps, heavy-duty mats, decking, carpet cushion and, yes, carpet. The products would help state agencies to comply with the SABRC mandate and may help businesses trying to obtain environmental certifications such as LEED.
Several products are designated Double GreenTM, meaning they contain recycled California post-consumer carpet material plus at least one other post-consumer recycled material.
The catalog is part of the California Carpet Stewardship Program’s efforts to expand both the range of products and the market for recycled carpet material. Expanding demand for recycled carpet content will bring the state closer to its mandate that 24% of post-consumer carpet must be recycled by 2020
To learn more about products using recycled carpet material and the Double GreenTM designation, contact Market Development Consultant Mike Tinney to request a product presentation, made in collaboration with CalRecycle’s tire derived products group.
To order print copies of the catalog, email CA@CarpetRecovery.org.
Grant Recipient: Northern Recycling and Waste Services, LLC – Napa Recycling
Project Timeline: June-December 2017
Grant Amount Given and Match, if any: $10,000 granted; no grantee match in original application.
Total Cost of Project: 20 hours of staff labor. Total project cost, including materials and install, was approximately $12,000.
Implementation Process: “Easy,” said Jennifer Arbuckle, Recycling and Public Outreach Coordinator for Northern Recycling and Waste Services. “Once we got the notice to proceed, we simply ordered the (carport) roof structure to protect the carpet, and set an install date with the company.”
Project Challenges and Barrier Removal: Napa initially had an issue with the public drop-off site: customers sometimes placed the material outside of the roof, causing it to get wet. In response, Napa is obtaining signage to direct customers to place the post-consumer carpet under the roof.
Project Benefits and Outcomes: The project has kept the PCC dry during rainy days. The drop-off site projects 60,000 additional pounds of PCC diverted to recycling annually.
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This is one of a series of case studies that illustrate the impact of grant funding on the carpet recycling industry in California.
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