Carpet Materials Management

Carpet installation

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 approved California carpet stewardship program goals for 2023 to 2027 on May 11, 2022.
  • On April 22, 2022, CalRecycle’s director approved CARE’s Differential Assessment Approach, Revised February 22, 2022, as an Amendment to CARE’s 2018 to 2022 Plan.
  • CalRecycle’s director signed the Request for Approval for Consideration of CARE’s 2020 Annual Report on January 31, 2022, which found that CARE did not demonstrate it met a 24 percent or greater recycling rate and did not meet requirements in its 2018 to 2022 Plan. CARE was referred to the Waste Permitting, Compliance, and Mitigation Division for potential enforcement.

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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Carpet Stewardship

If you require assistance in obtaining access to these documents, please contact carpet@calrecycle.ca.gov.