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October 2021
IMPORTANT: Differential Assessments to Take Effect in April 2022
The additional carpet legislation that went into effect on January 1, 2020 (AB 729) requires CARE to implement a differential assessment on each square yard of carpet that reflects its cost burden to recycle. CalRecycle has now ruled that implementation of CARE’s proposed Carpet Differential Assessment Plan must take place by April 1, 2022. 

The approved assessment change will be based on two factors:
  • Broadloom vs. tile. All broadloom (residential and commercial) will be treated the same. The assessment for broadloom will not increase from the current 35 cents; some broadloom will qualify for a lower assessment. Tile will see the increase noted in the following table.
  • Post-Consumer Content. Another provision of the law requires that CARE provide recognition of carpet products containing post-consumer (PC) content. This requirement will be reflected in the assessment being reduced by 2 cents/yd2 for any product, broadloom or tile, that has 10% or more certified PC content. Carpet mills will be responsible for advising retailers on which products qualify as having post-consumer content.
As a result, the approved Plan has four different levels of assessment: 
CARE will be developing sales force training materials and consumer explanation flyers for retailer use. Carpet retailers should watch their mail for further details.
 
A webpage on the CARE site provides more information, answers frequently asked questions, and solicits online feedback. Visit CarpetRecovery.org/Assessment.
CARE Announces Major Collection Milestone
As of August 1, CARE has now eclipsed the ONE BILLION pound milestone for gross collection of old carpet in California. That’s enough carpet to fill almost 22,000 53-foot trailers, which would stretch from San Diego to Santa Barbara! Thanks to the carpet collectors and recyclers of California for their great work to hit this milestone.
See our Products page for more information.
Retailer Reminder: CalRecycle Checks for Compliance
CalRecycle provides enforcement oversight of the carpet law. CalRecycle evaluates compliance through various means including, but not limited to, site inspections. Failure to comply with requirements of the carpet law and/or submitting false or misleading information may result in penalties of up to $10,000 per day. See details about the carpet stewardship law and monitor CalRecycle’s website for product compliance at Calrecycle.ca.gov/Carpet. Through the CARE retailer outreach program, CARE helps to make retailers aware of the requirements and be prepared for a visit.
Four New Capital Grants to Fund Collection/Recycling
CARE's California Carpet Stewardship Program has awarded four additional grants, totaling $1.14 million, through its 2021 Capital Improvements cycle (labeled Cycle 5A). Cycle 5A funds are designated for infrastructure to establish and improve California-sourced post-consumer carpet (PCC) collection, processing and manufacturing into end products. 
 
Cycle 5A awardees are: 
  • Circular Polymers in Lincoln, CA ($450,000) for additional equipment to process commercial broadloom carpet and tile, including traditionally hard-to-recycle polyurethane-backed tile.
  • Hayward Transfer Station in Hayward, CA ($50,000) for additional containers to service flooring retailers in the Bay Area.
  • Aquafil Carpet Recycling 2 in Woodland, CA ($192,000) for the purchase of equipment that will improve its PET material for a wider variety of end markets.
  • RISE Composite Technologies in Mankato, MN ($450,000) for equipment that will assist a California processor in shipping significant quantities of PCC to its manufacturing facility, which produces a wide variety of consumer building products.
These new capital projects anticipate recycling or collecting an additional 15 million pounds of PCC annually once fully operational.
 
To learn more about the CARE grants program, visit the California grants webpage.
CORRECTION: CalRecycle Actions on Recent CARE Documents
This is a corrected version of an article in the September e-news.

On August 27th CalRecycle’s Director signed a Request for Approval (RFA) with the following results:
  • Conditional approval of the Carpet Differential Assessment Plan with requirements to be addressed within 60 days (October 26th).
  • Convenient Collection Plan did not meet requirements, therefore CalRecycle staff were directed to adjust the program goals.

The documents that CARE submitted can be found here and CalRecycle’s recommendation can be downloaded here.

CARE is revising its Carpet Differential Assessment Plan and will resubmit it to CalRecycle as required by October 26th.
Convention Center Carpet Goes to Recycling
CARE recently worked with the Anaheim Convention Center to direct tear-out carpet from the recent Subaru National Business Conference to a recycler. In September, four 40-yard containers – that’s 186,000 square feet of carpet, weighing over 11 tons -- went to processor LA Fiber for recycling. CARE continues to pursue ongoing partnerships with convention centers to collect and recycle used carpet.
New Drop-Off Site Welcomed
As part of our efforts to increase carpet collection for recycling across the state, CARE is pleased to announce our latest public carpet recycling drop-off site:
There are currently 88 CARE-supported public drop-off sites in the state, serving 54 counties.
  
CARE supports drop-off sites by providing at no cost:
  • A container for collection,
  • Third-party hauling to bring carpet material to recyclers,
  • Promotional materials for local government and the hosting facility,
  • Technical assistance from CARE staff and
  • Ready access to micro grants that support site set-up and collection equipment.

To find the CARE-sponsored drop-off site closest to you, visit the drop-off site map here. If there is a location, such as a supply house, landfill, transfer station, or recycling facility that you feel would work well as a drop-off site for you and other flooring professionals near you, please email CARE with the facility's name and location. A CARE staff person will call you to discuss your volume, learn more about flooring professionals’ needs in your area and work toward finding a solution.
 
In addition to public drop-off sites, CARE works with the recyclers who operate more than 190 private network collection sites around the state.