On Tuesday, September 24th, CARE will be hosting a Webinar to go over the modifications to the Carpet Stewardship Plan and hear stakeholders’ input. The session will begin at 10:00 am PDT and last an hour and a half. Prior registration is not required to participate; either call 605-475-4333 and enter the access code 993348 OR go to www.readytalk.com and use the access code 4282127.
If you plan to attend the Webinar, or simply want to know what modifications to the Plan have been made, please take a moment to read through the following brief summary.
· CARE is currently in the process of hiring someone that will serve as Project Manager for the Carpet Stewardship Program in the state of California. The representative will be located in the state and will work to support the goals of AB 2398.
o CARE is currently in the interview process with top candidates. A decision should be made within the next 4 weeks.
o Scope of responsibilities include: working with existing and new entrepreneurs, rural counties expansion and on-going support, independent auditor support, assisting in quarterly report generation, verifying valid operational permits.
· CARE has had great success in the rural California counties. CARE will look to expand the number of counties from 6 to 10 in 2014. The program will add additional counties in 2015 and 2016.
o Expansion counties have already been identified
o Updated educational materials are in preparation
· CARE has introduced and approved new incentive programs that went into effect in the second quarter of 2013.
o Non-nylon Incentive: Companies that produce next stage products that use non-nylon Type 1 fiber will receive funds of $.12 per pound base don output.
o Growth Bonus: CARE has set a goal for each quarter. If the goal is exceeded, CARE will pay an additional bonus to all processors based on their percentage of output. Achieving the performance target triggers the growth incentive payout of 10 cents per pound of output.
o Continuation of Current Funding: CARE will continue to incorporate the current Type 1 and Type 2 funding model that has been used since beginning of program.
· CARE has committed to research grants for a California University to study improvements in carpet recycling. CARE will use relationships that it has with North Carolina State and Georgia Tech to work with the California University.
o An RFP is under development to solicit proposal for this initiative.
· CARE is working on developing a new target for 2020. This target would exceed the previous one.
· CARE has hired an experienced PET consultant to assist in finding markets and developing processes and strategies for PET material.
· CARE has opened a dialog with CalRecycle and the State to enable procurement (e.g., SABRC) pull to aid in the development of market outlets.
· CARE has a renewed focus in educating all stakeholders about carpet recycling and the AB 2398 program.
Again, the Webinar will be happening this coming Tuesday, September 24th, at 10:00 am PDT. We hope that you will join us!
Audio: 605-475-4333 Access: 993348
www.readytalk.com Passcode: 4282127