California Carpet Stewardship Bill Signed Into Law

Carpet recycling efforts took a step forward recently when California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law the Carpet Stewardship Bill (AB 2398). The bill, which was sponsored by Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, (D-Los Angeles) rewards entrepreneurs and inventors who produce marketable products made from post-consumer carpet. This makes it different from other Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation.

The bill generates revenue through an assessment of five cents per square yard of carpet sold in California. This assessment will start on July 1, 2011 and run through January 1, 2013.

The bill requires manufacturers—either singly or as a group—to establish a carpet stewardship plan with the state. Stewardship plans will include consumer education efforts, the assessment of fees, and progress measurement and reporting.

The assigns Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), a third-party nonprofit carpet stewardship organization, to serve as the carpet stewardship organization until April 1, 2015. After that date, a carpet stewardship organization appointed by one or more manufacturers, may submit their own plan.

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