SUCCESSFULLY RECYCLING CALIFORNIA'S CARPET
An industry-led effort to foster innovation and increase the long-term effectiveness of California's carpet recycling program
CALIFORNIA'S CARPET STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
For nearly a decade, California's carpet manufacturers, retailers, installers and recyclers have worked tirelessly to divert used carpet away from California's landfills.
Through this collaborative effort, the state has seen its carpet recycling rate increase by:
Providing grant funding to support the creation and testing of new recycled- content products
Diverting millions of pounds of carpet away from California landfills
Transforming used carpet into new recycled products
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF CARPET RECYCLING
More than 435 million lbs. of used carpet has been diverted away from California's landfills
To date, California has reduced the equivalent of 236,900 metric tons of carbon dioxide
California's Carpet Stewardship saw an increase of 27% in the carpet recycling rate over 2017
THE BLUEPRINTS OF CALIFORNIA'S CARPET RECYCLING INFASTRUCTURE
The California Stewardship Program has developed markets for recycled post-consumer carpet via grants, technical assistance and promotion of carpet recycling efforts.
Even while California is experiencing challenges in other recycling markets,
carpet recycling growth rates continue to improve.
Thanks to the California Carpet Stewardship Program, the carpet recycling infrastructure continues to increase with more drop-off sites and recyclers available throughout the state than ever before.
Today, there are more than 170 drop-off sites available to receive used carpet, decreasing the amount of carpet waste in California's landfills. This network includes 60 public drop-off sites which accept used carpet for recycling at rates that are generally lower than traditional landfill disposal.
In 2018, California collected more than 90 million pounds, of which almost 8 million pounds was collected at public drop-off sites funded through the Carpet Stewardship Program.
Through this program, more than $7 Million in grants and $45 Million in subsidies
have been awarded to increase carpet recycling in the state.
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