CRI extends recycling program

The VPS program is a voluntary program that helps fund sorters and recyclers that divert post-consumer carpet from landfills.

The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) is extending its Voluntary Product Stewardship (VPS) program for post-consumer carpet through the year 2020.

Created in 2014, the VPS program is a voluntary, nationwide program that helps fund sorters and recyclers that divert post-consumer carpet from landfills. VPS was designed to accept all applicable post-consumer carpet, regardless of polymer type, primary materials, or construction.

“The VPS program is an important component of the carpet industry’s commitment to sustainability,” said CRI president Joe Yarbrough.

“CRI is focused on pursing market-based solutions for carpet waste. Along with the efforts of the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), we have diverted more than five billion pounds of carpet from landfills. The VPS program is one of the important ways we invest in finding innovative solutions to post-consumer carpet.”

The VPS 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.

CRI’s Board of Directors approved the VPS extension in May 2019. The industry is hopeful that the VPS program will continue to help the post-consumer carpet recycling marketplace to grow.

“CRI is pleased to extend the VPS program through 2020. 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 Yarbrough.

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