At the March 16 public meeting, CalRecycle staff presented their recommendation for CARE’s 2019 Annual Report, submitted last fall. The staff presentation acknowledged that CARE had made important program improvements, including increased collection convenience, recycling rate, recycled output and recyclability along with a decrease in amount of carpet sent to landfill. The staff recommendation was to find CARE non-compliant with the law and to refer to Enforcement if CARE is not making progress toward achieving compliance. As of this time, the new Director has not made a final decision on staff’s recommendation.
“While we are disappointed with the finding, the recommendation to not refer CARE for enforcement immediately seems to be a confirmation that, while we were not able to achieve some of the Program’s goals, tremendous and ongoing progress is being made, including a 107% increase in the recycling rate over the last 5 years. That’s on average 20% growth each year!” noted CARE Executive Director Bob Peoples. “We are proud to have achieved this increase in the recycling rate despite many challenges, and we will continue to work closely with CalRecycle to grow carpet collection, reuse and recycling in the state.”