California Code, Public Resources Code - PRC § 42972

(a) On or before September 30, 2011, a manufacturer of carpets sold in this state shall, individually or through a carpet stewardship organization, submit a carpet stewardship plan to the department that will do all of the following:

(1) Achieve the purposes of this chapter, as described in Section 42970 , and meet the requirements of Section 42975 .

(2) Achieve a 24-percent recycling rate for postconsumer carpet by January 1, 2020, and any other recycling rate established by the department pursuant to Section 42972.2 .  The carpet stewardship plan shall include quantifiable five-year goals and annual goals for how the recycling rate will be achieved and how the carpet stewardship organization or manufacturer plans to do the following:

(A) Increase the weight of postconsumer carpet that is recycled and reduce the disposal of postconsumer carpet.

(B) Increase the collection convenience for the recycling of postconsumer carpet and increase the collection of postconsumer carpet for recycling.

(C) Expand and incentivize markets for products made from postconsumer carpet.

(D) Increase processor capacity, including processor capacity in California.

(E) Increase the recyclability of carpet.

(3) Describe proposed measures that will enable the management of postconsumer carpet in a manner consistent with the state's solid waste management hierarchy, including, but not limited to, source reduction, source separation and processing to segregate and recover recyclable materials, and environmentally safe management of materials that cannot feasibly be recycled.

(4) Include a funding mechanism, consistent with subdivision (c), that provides sufficient funding to carry out the plan, including the administrative, operational, and capital costs of the plan, payment of fees pursuant to Section 42977 , and incentive payments that will advance the purposes of this chapter, including incentives or grants to state-approved apprenticeship programs for training apprentice and journey-level carpet installers in proper carpet recycling practices.  Any grants or subsidies provided for the recycling of postconsumer carpet shall be structured to incentivize the recycling of carpet materials that have the highest recyclability.  The funding mechanism shall account for the need to provide the industry, including carpet installation contractors, with fair notice of changes to the amount of the carpet stewardship assessment established pursuant to subdivision (c).

(5) Include education and outreach efforts to consumers, commercial building owners, carpet installation contractors, and retailers to promote their participation in achieving the purposes of the carpet stewardship plan as described in paragraph (1).  These education and outreach materials may include, but are not limited to, any of the following:

(A) Signage that is prominently displayed and easily visible to the consumer.

(B) Written materials and templates of materials for reproduction by retailers to be provided to carpet installation contractors and consumers at the time of purchase or delivery or both.

(C) Promotional materials or activities, or both, that explain the purpose of carpet stewardship and the means by which it is being carried out.

(6) Include a process by which the financial activities of the organization or individual manufacturer that are related to implementation of the plan will be subject to an independent audit, which may be reviewed by the department.

(b) The plan prepared pursuant to this section shall be designed to accept and manage all suitable postconsumer carpet, regardless of polymer type or primary materials of construction.

(c)(1) The funding mechanism required pursuant to paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) shall establish and provide for, on and after January 1, 2013, a carpet stewardship assessment per unit of carpet sold in the state in an amount that cumulatively will adequately fund the plan and be consistent with the purposes of the chapter.  The assessment shall be remitted to the carpet stewardship organization on a quarterly basis and the carpet stewardship organization may expend the assessment only to carry out the plan.

(2) The amount of the assessment and the anticipated revenues from the assessment shall be specified in the plan and shall be approved by the department as part of the plan.  The amount of the assessment shall be sufficient to meet, but not exceed, the anticipated cost of carrying out the plan.  The amount of the assessment shall not create an unfair advantage in the marketplace.

(3) The assessment established pursuant to this subdivision and Section 42972.5 is exempt from the taxes imposed by Part 1 (commencing with Section 6001 ) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code and shall meet both of the following requirements:

(A) The assessment shall be added by a manufacturer to the purchase price of all carpet sold by manufacturers to a California retailer or wholesaler or otherwise sold for use in the state.  The assessment shall be clearly visible on invoices or functionally equivalent billing documents as a separate line item and shall be accompanied by a brief description of the assessment or a label approved by the department.

(B) Each retailer and wholesaler shall add the assessment to the purchase price of all carpet sold in the state.  The assessment shall be clearly visible on invoices or functionally equivalent billing documents as a separate line item and shall be accompanied by a brief description of the assessment or a label approved by the department.

(4) A carpet stewardship organization shall not expend funds from the assessment for any of the following purposes:

(A) Penalties imposed pursuant to Section 42978 .

(B) Costs associated with litigation against the state.

(C) Engineered municipal solid waste conversion, as defined in Section 40131.2 , the use of cement kilns to burn carpet, or transformation, as defined in Section 40201 .

(d) A carpet stewardship organization that submits a plan pursuant to this section shall consult with retailers and wholesalers in the development of the plan, in order to minimize the impacts of the plan on retailers and wholesalers.

(e) A carpet stewardship organization shall notify the department within 30 days after instituting a significant or material change to an approved carpet stewardship plan.

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