Carpet and Rug Institute Approve the Extension of VPS Program into 2019

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Carpet and Rug Institute is extending Voluntary Product Stewardship program into 2019. This program supports carpet sorting network in diverting post-consumer carpet from landfills. VPS receives all applicable post-consumer carpet of all polymer type, primary materials and construction and provides financial assistance to sorters. CRI board directors have approved VPS extension during Q2 2018.


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CRI Extends Voluntary Product Stewardship Program into 2019

Dalton, GA - June 1, 2018 - The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) is extending the Voluntary Product Stewardship (VPS) program into 2019.

The VPS program was created in 2014 and inaugurated in 2015 as a voluntary, nationwide program, to support the carpet sorting network for diverting post-consumer carpet from landfills.

“We are delighted with the continuation of this vitally important program. We have some exciting developments underway to help secure new processes and market opportunities within our recycler community. The success and well-being of the CARE CSEs is important to this industry,” said Dr. Robert Peoples, CARE's Executive Director.

VPS was designed to accept all applicable post-consumer carpet, regardless of polymer type or primary materials or construction along with providing financial assistance to qualified sorters who divert post-consumer carpet.

The program is available across the United States, except for states or municipalities that have Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation or other regulations for post-consumer carpet. CARE will continue to be the administrator of the VPS program.

The Carpet and Rug Institute’s (CRI) Board of Directors approved the VPS extension during Q2 2018 and the industry is hopeful for the VPS program and its impact on the post-consumer carpet recycling marketplace.

“The extension of the VPS program is a positive move and we are looking forward to what the future holds for the program and our industry in terms of market-based solutions for carpet sorters, recyclers, and manufacturers,” said CRI President Joe Yarbrough.

About Carpet America Recovery Effort

Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the landfill diversion, reuse and recycling of post-consumer carpet through market-based solutions that benefit the economy as well as the environment. Since 2002, CARE has diverted more than 5 billion pounds of carpet from landfills in the United States. CARE members include independent carpet recyclers, carpet manufacturers, dealers, retailers, suppliers, and non-governmental organizations.

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