Miriam Gordon with GAIA says "Incineration releases chemicals including potent carcinogens. Modern pollution control devices cannot prevent the escape of many hazardous emissions such as ultra-fine particles of PCBs, dioxin, furans and nanoparticles. Incinerators are often sited in low income communities and communities of color."
"Swept Under the Carpet: Exposing the Greenwash of the U.S. carpet industry," details carpet industry influence with information compiled by the GAIA and Changing Markets.
$10 million annually in consumer fees are generated by a mandated $.20/square yard fee that will go up to $.25/square foot in 2017.
Heidi Sanborn, with California Product Stewardship Council, says, "Making California consumers pay a fee that the carpet industry controls while failing to deliver a convenient recycling program is not what legislators wanted when they passed the law."
The investigation conducted by Changing Markets, reveals that big manufacturers work in close alliance with the industry trade association, the Carpet and Rug Institute, to actively lobby against other states passing similar mandates. The industry has managed to kill legislation in Connecticut, Minnesota, Illinois and Washington State.
CalRecycle found CARE out of compliance with the California law last Fall.
Cities with green purchasing policies, are challenged to find carpet that meets their commitment to be green.
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