California Leads Charge in Carpet Recycling
According to California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), discarded carpet is one of the 10 most prevalent waste materials in California landfills. In an effort to increase the recycling of carpet in California, a bill was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2010, requiring manufacturers to set up or participate in carpet take-back (recycling) programs. An assessment fee of 5 cents per square yard is charged to consumers buying new carpeting to help offset the cost of the recycling program.
In Napa, the city offers carpet recycling bins for larger projects. Some flooring retailers have bins at their stores, so customers who purchase new carpet have a place to recycle their old carpet. Carpet installers who use large bins are saving about 60 percent instead of running carpeting through the transfer station as garbage.
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