Carpet Materials Management


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.

Program News

  • CalRecycle’s director conditionally approved CARE’s revised California Carpet Stewardship Plan 2023 to 2027 on March 6, 2023. CARE’s plan is not approved until the necessary revisions are submitted by CARE within 60 days and approved by CalRecycle. CalRecycle will continue carrying out the activities in the previously approved 2018 to 2022 Plan pursuant to the presently effective Contingency Plan until such revisions are approved by CalRecycle.
  • CalRecycle’s director disapproved CARE’s California Carpet Stewardship Plan 2023 to 2027 on November 18, 2022. CARE’s Contingency Plan becomes effective January 1, 2023.
  • CalRecycle’s director determined that CARE’s 2021 Annual Report did not demonstrate it met all the requirements in statute, regulations, and its 2018 to 2022 Plan on October 18, 2022, and referred CARE to the Waste Permitting, Compliance, and Mitigation Division for potential enforcement. Visit CalRecycle’s Carpet Stewardship Annual Reporting page for more information.

Where Do I Recycle Carpet?

Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)

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.

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