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 disapproved CARE’s California Carpet Stewardship Plan 2023 to 2027 on November 18, 2022. CARE’s Contingency Plan becomes effective January 1, 2023. CARE may revise and resubmit its 2023 to 2027 Plan within 60 days.
  • 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.
  • On October 11, 2022, CalRecycle sent a letter to CARE regarding the results of CalRecycle’s review of the independent financial audit in CARE’s 2021 Annual Report.

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.

For more information contact: Carpet Materials Management, carpet@calrecycle.ca.gov