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.