California rejects CARE's carpet stewardship plan

In a December 2016 public meeting, CalRecycle rejected the carpet industry's stewardship plan and is pursuing enforcement actions. Resource Recycling covered the challenges in current carpet recycling markets and the industry's failure to meeting recycling goals. California is the only state with an extended producer responsibility (EPR) law for carpet; Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), the carpet manufacturing industry association charged with operating California's carpet stewardship program, "collects fees paid by consumers when they purchase new carpet and provides subsidies to the recycling industry." CARE recently announced the introduction of Quiet-Tech insulation, "offering superior sound absorption and noise reduction between wall-separated workspaces" and containing 85% recycled materials from recycled carpet, cotton and PET fibers.