California is the first state to require a statewide carpet recycling program designed and implemented by carpet manufacturers with CalRecycle oversight. Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) is the manufacturers’ stewardship organization that implements the program.
- On December 9, 2020, Circular Polymers submitted a letter to CalRecycle expressing appreciation for the financial support CARE provided to recyclers to ensure market stability and mitigate impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. On December 15, 2020, CARE also submitted a letter describing its ongoing efforts to support carpet recyclers during the pandemic.
- On October 6, 2020, CalRecycle approved CARE’s request to extend deadlines for 10 projects or deliverables due to factors explained in CARE’s request letter, including impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- On September 1, 2020, CARE submitted its 2019 California Carpet Stewardship Program Annual Report (see “AB 2398 2019 Annual Report”).
- On September 1, 2020, CARE submitted its California Carpet Stewardship Program Model Team Report. CARE is required to update its economic models every six months pursuant to CalRecycle’s October 16, 2018, Request for Approval.
Where Do I Recycle Carpet?
Ask your retailer about recycling options or search for the nearest recycling center with one of these search tools. Carpet must be free of debris and contamination in order to be recycled. Call ahead to ensure the recycling center is open and accepts your carpet type.