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Cal-Recycle Criticizes Carpet Recycling Program

A state review found only about 10 percent of old carpets are actually getting recycled.

Cal-Recycle says a 2010 law aimed at incentivizing carpet recycling isn’t working as intended.

A state review found only about 10 percent of old carpets are actually getting recycled. That’s short of the program’s stated goal of 16 percent.

The program, Carpet America Recovery Effort, is run by the carpeting industry. With it, customers are charged 20 cents per yard on new carpets to fund the program.

CBS San Francisco has more:

“It’s not working well,” said Heidi Sanborn of the California Product Stewardship Council. “Most Californians don’t even know that we have a recycling program for carpets.”

Tuesday in Sacramento, Cal-Recycle — the state agency that promotes waste reduction — called CARE on the carpet.

During the Cal-Recycle meeting. CARE was accused of being in violation of the carpet stewardship violation laws.

“I know a lot of people look at it as excuses, but there are a lot of things that happened that are outside of our control,” said CARE representative Bob Peoples.

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