California is the first state to require a statewide carpet recycling program designed and implemented by carpet manufacturers with CalRecycle oversight. Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) is the manufacturers’ stewardship organization that implements the program.
- On April, 29, 2021, CalRecycle’s director signed the RFA for Consideration of CARE’s 2019 Annual Report, referring CARE to the Waste Permitting, Compliance, and Mitigation Division for enforcement for noncompliance in 2019.
- On March 30, 2021, CalRecycle’s Office of Public Affairs issued a news release regarding a recent settlement agreement between CalRecycle and CARE for CARE’s noncompliance in 2013 through 2016. As part of the settlement agreement, CARE is required to pay CalRecycle $1,175,000 in administrative penalties by June 15, 2021.
- On October 6, 2020, CalRecycle approved CARE’s request to extend deadlines for 10 projects or deliverables due to factors explained in CARE’s request letter, including impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Where Do I Recycle Carpet?
Ask your retailer about recycling options or search for the nearest recycling center with one of these search tools. Carpet must be free of debris and contamination in order to be recycled. Call ahead to ensure the recycling center is open and accepts your carpet type.