SOURCE: The Carpet Recyclers

The Carpet Recyclers

April 20, 2011 08:00 ET

The Carpet Recyclers Hit 100 Million Pounds Mark, Gear Up for California AB 2398 Carpet Stewardship Law

FULLERTON, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 20, 2011) - The Carpet Recyclers, operators of a state-of-the-art carpet recycling facility in La Mirada, CA, have collected and recycled 100 million pounds of post-consumer carpet since beginning operations in 2009. As carpet is a petroleum-based product, in addition to diverting this waste from landfills, The Carpet Recyclers' efforts have also kept 95,000 metric tons (carbon equivalent) of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and saved 9.8 million gallons of oil that was reused to make products ranging from recycled carpet, building materials and cylinder head covers for the Ford Mustang.

On track to recycle over 60 million pounds of carpet in 2011, The Carpet Recyclers have already created 60 new green jobs in California and expect that number to increase to 150 by the end of the year in their efforts to gear up for AB 2398, the new California Carpet Stewardship Law. The Carpet Recyclers is also increasing production in its zero-waste-to-landfill facility, exclusive to the Western U.S., expanding transportation services and developing an innovative, state-wide network of post-consumer carpet collection centers to meet the rapidly-increasing demands for carpet recycling and the oil-based resources harvested by carpet recycling.

Estimates of carpet disposed annually in California landfills range from over 400 million to 1.3 billion pounds -- 3-4% of all waste disposed. To encourage carpet recycling, starting July 1, 2011, AB 2398 requires a 5-cent carpet stewardship assessment to be placed on every square yard of carpet sold in California. The assessment must be shown on all invoices to increase consumer awareness. Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) has been designated as the industry stewardship organization charged with implementing AB 2398 goals. Their efforts include conducting educational programs and preparing communications materials for retailers and informational flyers for consumers which will be available in stores before July 1.

"We have already seen a steep increase in awareness and interest in carpet recycling due to the good work of CARE and CalRecycle," said Larry Fink, President of The Carpet Recyclers and their parent company GF Industries. "The carpet retailers calling us want to have their recycling programs in place in anticipation of their customers asking them about the 5-cent per-square-yard carpet stewardship assessment on their invoices."

Additional company information, links to AB 2398 information from CARE and contact information to set up a carpet recycling program can be found at TheCarpetRecyclers.com

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