LOS ANGELES — A whole new phase of carpet recycling was ushered in yesterday, when California signed into law AB 2398
, California''s Carpet Stewardship Bill, according to a press release.
The bill, which was sponsored by Assembly Speaker John A. Perez
, (D-Los Angeles) represents new thinking in the area of product stewardship in that it incentivizes carpet recycling by rewarding those entrepreneurs and inventors who produce marketable products made from post-consumer carpet, the release stated.
The bill generates revenue through an initial assessment of five-cents per square yard of carpet sold in California, the release noted.
According to the release, manufacturers — either singly or as a group — will be required to establish a stewardship plan with the state for implementing carpet recycling.
To develop their required stewardship plan, manufacturers will work with California regulatory agencies with the help of the Carpet America Recovery Effort
(CARE), the release added.