Carpet EPR bill

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Feb. 26, 2010 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Assembly Majority Leader-elect John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles) has introduced AB 2398, a Product Stewardship bill for Carpet. It is one of many extended producer responsibility (EPR) bills in the California legislature this year.  EPR is the concept that the manufacturer of a product should be responsible for the ultimate disposal of the product at the end of its useable life.

AB 2398 requires the carpet producer, or a product stewardship organization, to submit a product stewardship plan to the Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (now being called CalGreen) by September 30, 2001. It prohibits the sale of carpets by producers or retailers after January 1, 2012, without submitted plans.

Plans must contain performance goals for collection rates.  Filing requires the payment of a fee to the Department, specified as $10,000 in other EPR bills, but left blank in this bill.  In addition, an annual report is required and an unspecified annual administrative fee.

Each plan must address the environmental impacts of a carpet over the entire life cycle, including product design, manufacture, distribution, collection, transportation, reuse, recycling and final disposition of discarded carpet.

Starting January 1, 2014, the collection recovery rate for each carpet manufacturer must increase by no less than five percent annually until a 95 percent collection rate is reached.  Fines up to $10,000 per day for non-compliance apply.

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