SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tomorrow, CalRecycle decides whether to adopt a carpet industry plan that would continue an industry-implemented carpet recycling program that has been out of compliance. California has the only law in the world that makes carpet manufacturers manage their carpet waste.
Monica Wilson with Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), says, "The alternative to recycling is incineration and landfill disposal, both toxic to humans and the environment. The proposed plan would nearly double the incineration of carpet waste."
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."
$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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