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Consumers key to success of new California carpet recycling law

June 7, 2011

DALTON, GA — California consumer support is needed to ensure the success of a new, groundbreaking carpet stewardship law that will increase the recycling of carpet into valuable new products, preserve landfill space, reduce dependency on fossil fuels and create green jobs in California communities, according to a press release.

Signed into law on September 30, 2010, AB 2398 is the first product stewardship law in the country to specifically address carpet, the release stated.

According to the press release, beginning July 1, a $.05 per square yard stewardship assessment will be added to the sale of all carpet sold or shipped into California.

The revenue generated will be used to incentivize carpet recycling by rewarding entrepreneurs who recycle carpet and produce marketable products made from post-consumer carpet, the release noted.

"Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) has developed communications materials for consumers, such as signs, store placards and informational flyers, which are being distributed and will be in stores by July 1," said Georgina Sikorski, executive director of CARE.

Click here to read the complete release.