California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 


Carpet Materials Management

Why focus on carpet?

Discarded carpet is one of the 10 most prevalent waste materials in California landfills, comprising about 3.2 percent of waste by volume disposed of in California in 2008. Most carpet is made from nylon and other polymers derived from virgin fossil fuel. Fortunately, numerous products can be manufactured from recycled carpets, including carpet backing and backing components, carpet fiber, carpet underlayment, plastics and engineered materials, and erosion control products.

What is being done?

California is the first state to establish a private-sector designed and managed statewide carpet extended producer responsibility program. This program, started in 2011, follows producer responsibility principles to ensure that over time discarded carpets become a resource for new products in a manner that is sustainably funded and provides jobs for Californians. Several carpet recycling facilities currently operate in California, offering jobs, and producing products and feedstock for products made from recycled carpet.

What can I do?

Find out how Californians are sustainably buying and recycling carpet to keep valuable materials in our economy, and what you can do as well! Click on the links to learn more.

Program News...

  • CalRecycle submitted a request to the Office of Administrative Law to approve amendments to the current regulation, pursuant to Title 1 California Code of Regulations (CCR) section 100. The requested changes qualify as “Changes Without Regulatory Effect” as they are necessary to make these regulatory provisions consistent with changes to statute contained in Assembly Bill 1158, effective January 1, 2018.
  • CalRecycle is soliciting applications for the Carpet Stewardship Program Advisory Committee until November 10, 2017.
  • CalRecycle presented its Update to June 2017 Carpet Stewardship Program Enforcement Plan at CalRecycle’s October 17, 2017 public meeting that outlines the steps carpet manufacturers must take to avoid penalties for selling carpet not covered under a CalRecycle-approved carpet stewardship plan.
  • CARE submitted it’s 2016 Annual Report on June 30, 2017 and CalRecycle determined it was non-compliant on September 21, 2017.
  • Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) submitted its Revised California Carpet Stewardship Plan 2017-2021 on February 20, 2017 and CalRecycle determined it was noncompliant on April 18.
Last updated: December 6, 2017
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