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CRI supports California Carpet Recycling Bill
Sep '10
Carpet and Rug Institute President Werner Braun says California's AB 2398, Carpet Product Stewardship Bill could "usher in a whole new phase of carpet recycling." The bill, which was sponsored by Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, (D-Los Angeles) represents new thinking in the area of product stewardship in that it incentivizes carpet recycling by rewarding those entrepreneurs and inventors who produce marketable products made from post-consumer carpet.

The bill, which has been passed by both houses of the California Assembly and is awaiting the Governor's signature, generates revenue through an initial assessment of 5-cents per square yard of carpet sold in California. Further, manufacturers -either singly or as a group - will be required to establish a stewardship plan with the state for implementing carpet recycling. Stewardship plans will encompass consumer education efforts, the assessment of fees, and progress measurement and reporting.

To develop their required stewardship plan, manufacturers will work with California regulatory agencies with the help of the Carpet America Recovery Effort, or CARE. Founded in 2002, CARE is a non-profit organization comprising manufacturers, recycling entrepreneurs, and government environmental agencies that works to find market-based solutions for recycling carpet and diverting it from landfills. CARE is listed in the AB 2398 legislation as the carpet industry's designated stewardship organization.

"There is nothing else in the sustainability arena that compares with California's AB 2398 Carpet Stewardship Bill," said Shaw Industries' Rick Hooper, who served on the CRI committee tasked with negotiating the bill with California legislators.

Carpet and Rug Institute

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