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USA: New York state approves the bill establishing a carpet collection program

JANUARY 2023 - SOFTLINES

On 28 December 2022, the Governor of the US New York state approved Bill A09279A1 / S05027-C to amend the environmental conservation law establishing the responsibilities in relation to the carpet collection program.

Carpets that are under the scope of the bill include, but are not limited to: 

  • a commercial or residential broadloom carpet,
  • modular carpet tiles, 
  • artificial turf, 
  • a pad or underlayment used in conjunction with a carpet.

Carpets that are excluded from this bill, are:

  • handmade rugs, 
  • area rugs, 
  • mats.

The bill sets out certain responsibilities and requirements. Below are some highlights.

Producers’ responsibilities:

  • The producers or their representative organization shall submit to the concerned department a plan for the carpet collection program according to the bill for approval by 31 December 2023.
  • The producer or its representative organization shall implement the carpet collection program by 1 July 2024 or six months after the plan is approved.
  • A producer or its representative organization shall maintain records demonstrating compliance and make them available for audit and inspection by the department for a period of three years.

Retailer requirements:

Beginning 1 July 2024, no retailer may sell or offer for sale carpet in the state unless the producer of such carpet is participating in a carpet collection program.

Labelling and design requirements:

  • On and after one year of the approval of the collection plan, carpets sold or offered for sale in the state shall be accompanied by the following information:
  1. Name of the producer and contact information; and
  2. Carpet material, composition, and type of construction.
  • On and after 31 December 2024, no carpet sold or offered for sale in the state shall contain or be treated with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) substances for any purpose.

Post-consumer content requirements:

Carpets shall be manufactured with the following minimum amounts from post-consumer sources:

  • within one year after the plan is approved, a minimum of 10% post-consumer content,
  • within four years thereafter, a minimum of 20% post-consumer content; and
  • five years thereafter, a minimum of 30% post-consumer content.
 

 

[1] Assembly Bill No. A09279A

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