Carpet Materials Management


California’s Carpet Stewardship Program ensures postconsumer carpet is reused, recycled, or properly disposed. CalRecycle oversees the program, which is run by Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), the nonprofit stewardship organization created by carpet manufacturers.

Program News

  • CARE submitted its revised Contingency Plan Amendment and Training Guide on February 5, 2024, in response to the Notice of Disapproval signed by CalRecycle’s director on December 5, 2023. CalRecycle’s director must approve, conditionally approve, or disapprove CARE’s revised Contingency Plan Amendment by April 5, 2024. Visit CalRecycle’s Carpet Stewardship Plan page for more information.
  • CalRecycle’s director determined that CARE’s 2022 Annual Report was noncompliant on January 29, 2024. Visit CalRecycle’s Carpet Stewardship Annual Reports page for more information.
  • For other recent program activities, see the Carpet Program Status page.

Read about the carpet law and regulations and program goals.

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Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)

CARE is required to submit:

  • A plan that describes how it will run the program.
  • Annual reports summarizing program activities.

The Carpet Stewardship Program Advisory Committee provides comments and recommendations to CARE and CalRecycle prior to CARE’s submittal of plans, plan amendments, and annual reports.


Where Do I Recycle Carpet?

CARE’s locator tool can help you find a drop-off site near you.

2021 Program Highlights

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public drop-off sites statewide


of discarded carpet was recycled

pounds of carpet collected


of carpet collected was recycled

postconsumer carpet products in the marketplace

More Information

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