Apr 20 - CA Carpet Stewardship Law Stimulates Jobs
Submitted by Recycling News on April 20, 2011 - 10:38.
According to Waste & Recycling News, the Carpet Recyclers of La Mirada, Calif., have collected and recycled 100 million pounds of used carpet since beginning operations in 2009.
The company expects to grow in the coming year as compliance with AB 2398, the Carpet Stewardship Law, in California ramps up. AB 2398 by Speaker Perez was signed into law last year, creating the nation’s first comprehensive and industry-financed carpet recycling program. Implementation start date for the stewardship program begins July 2011. The new law has already stimulated investments and new job opportunities, and will reduce landfill waste. Currently, carpet represents 3.2% of all waste sent to state landfills.
In the next few years, the Carpet Recyclers said it expects to grow from 60 to 250 employees at its zero-waste-to-landfill facility. This year, the company hopes to process 50 million pounds of carpet for recycling.
In addition to diverting waste from landfills, the amount of recycled carpet also kept 95,000 metric tons 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, according the Carpet Recyclers.
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