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...

  • Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) submitted a letter to CalRecycle, dated July 11, 2017, requesting approval to launch a second cycle of its Grant Program by August 15, 2017. CalRecycle received public comments regarding CARE’s request
  • This report, entitled “Impact of CCSP Assessment Fees on California Carpet Shipments,” was prepared by Bates White on behalf of the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and may be subject to further revisions at the discretion of CRI. Posting of this report on CalRecycle’s website does not imply endorsement by or collaboration with CalRecycle. This is an independent report provided by CRI and CalRecycle’s primary purpose in posting it is to provide stakeholders with access to it. CalRecycle comments to CRI regarding the report.
  • 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.
  • CalRecycle developed a Carpet Stewardship Program Enforcement Plan that staff presented at CalRecycle’s June 20, 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.
Last updated: August 17, 2017
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