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California carpet recycling fee kicks in

A new state law that requires carpet manufacturers to add five cents to every square yard of carpeting sold or shipped into California went into effect on July 1. The purpose of the new fee is to incentivize carpet recycling and encourage the production of products made from recycled carpets. 

Discarded carpet is one of the 10 most prevalent waste materials in California landfills, according to state officials. Most carpet is made from nylon and other polymers derived from virgin oil, and can therefore be  recycled into numerous products including carpet backing and backing components, carpet fiber, carpet underlayment, plastics and engineered materials, and erosion control products. Several carpet recycling facilities currently operate in California, offering jobs, and producing products and feedstock for products made from recycled carpet.

The program was created by the state legislature last year and will be administered by Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), a not-for-profit organization formed as a public/private partnership between government entities, businesses, and members of the carpet industry.