For Immediate Release
Bob Peoples, Executive Director, CARE
Phone: 706-428-2127
One Billion Pounds of Old Carpet Collected in California
CARE Marks Major Milestone in Time for America Recycles Day
Dalton, GA – As America Recycles Day approaches on November 15, CARE has now passed the one billion pound milestone for gross collection of old carpet in California since the start of the California Carpet Stewardship Program in 2011. This hard-to-recycle product, made largely from fossil fuels, presents many challenges for collection and recycling, but at a time when many other materials’ recycling rates are declining, one billion pounds collected demonstrates remarkable progress.

“At a time of strain on the recycling industry, this milestone is an amazing accomplishment that is due to the hard work and dedication of retailers, contractors and recyclers across the state,” noted CARE Executive Director Bob Peoples. “This is one billion pounds of material that would have gone to waste and instead will see new life in new products. We are delighted to announce this landmark in conjunction with America Recycles Day.”

Carpet can be recycled when properly prepared and brought to a drop-off site that takes carpet for processing and recycling. The challenge is capturing the carpet for recycling before it goes to landfill. The California Carpet Stewardship Program works to increase collection of carpet by enabling and encouraging carpet collection from homeowners, contractors, retailers and collector/sorters. CARE also supports the development of markets for recycled carpet material, which is now included in a variety of products, including automotive parts, house trim and siding, insulation, accessibility ramps, even bullet-resistant walls and doors.

CARE’s California carpet collection efforts are funded through an assessment paid by consumers on every square yard of carpet sold in the state, as passed into law (AB 2398) in 2010.
carpet being torn up; 1 Billion pounds collected since 2011
Graphic: One billion pounds of carpet has been collected since 2011 by members of CARE's California Carpet Stewardship Program.

About Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)
Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) is a voluntary, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the landfill diversion, reuse, and recycling of waste carpet, through market-based solutions that benefit the economy as well as the environment. CARE in charge of implementing the California Carpet Stewardship Program as required by California law AB 2398. CARE members include independent carpet recyclers, carpet manufacturers, dealers, retailers and suppliers and non-governmental organizations.

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