Big carpet opposes California measure
July 19, 2010
DALTON, GA — Since 2002, the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) has diverted more than one billion pounds of carpet from landfills, according to The Daily Citizen.
Those efforts aren''t enough for one state: The California Legislature is considering a bill that would make carpet manufacturers meet recycling thresholds or not be allowed to sell their products in the state, the article stated.
State Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, D-Los Angeles, introduced the bill as a way "to grow the state''s carpet recycling industry by keeping waste carpet out of landfills" since the business has already created "many green jobs."
Many of the country''s largest carpet producers are opposing the requirements, including Beaulieu of America, Mohawk Industries and Shaw Industries: The Dalton-based Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) is opposing the bill as well, the article noted.
"What we don''t need is legislation that would potentially jeopardize manufacturing jobs in your state," said CRI President Werner Braun.
"As I am sure you are aware, the carpet industry is one of the few remaining American manufacturing industries and is part of the manufacturing base in California. This is the wrong time to place economic burdens on American manufacturers who are diligently working in a voluntary manner to solve this challenge," Braun added.
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