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Stanislaus Needs Carpet Recycling, NOT Incineration!

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Valley Improvement Projects is currently working to ensure that old and used carpet in Stanislaus County is recycled instead of being dumped in our local landfill or burned at the Covanta Trash Incinerator in Crows Landing.

Currently, when a California consumer purchases new carpet, he or she pays a 25 cent per square yard fee that funds a state-wide carpet recycling program. Although consumers in Stanislaus County pay this fee just like everyone else, there are no drop-off locations for carpet recycling available in Stanislaus County (despite there being 3 locations listed on the county’s recycling webpage). Not only are Stanislaus residents paying for – and not benefiting from – this program, but because we have 1 of only 3 municipal trash incinerators in the state, some of that carpet may be burned instead of recycled, adding to the Valley’s already poor air quality and impacting public health.

We respectfully request that: (1)  the State ensures that the carpet stewardship program provide recycling services for residents of Stanislaus County, and (2) ensures that carpet is not being burned in the Crow’s Landing incinerator.

 

Check out our Letter to CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline: Carpet Letter PDF

Feel free to print one out yourself, sign it, print your name, and put your city of residence and mail it to:

Scott Smithline, Director of CalRecycle

1001 I Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

 

Dear Director Smithline:

Currently, when a California consumer purchases new carpet, he or she pays a 25 cent per square yard fee that funds a state-wide carpet recycling program. Although consumers in Stanislaus County pay this fee just like everyone else, there are no drop-off locations for carpet recycling available in Stanislaus County. Not only are Stanislaus residents paying for – and not benefiting from – this program, but because we have 1 of only 3 municipal trash incinerators in the state, some of that carpet may be burned instead of recycled, adding to the Valley’s already poor air quality and impacting public health.

We respectfully request that:

(1)  the State ensures that the carpet stewardship program provide recycling services for residents of Stanislaus County, and

(2) ensures that carpet is not being burned in the Crow’s Landing incinerator.

Sincerely,

________________________________________________ 

NAME: __________________________________________ 

CITY OF RESIDENCE: _______________________________

 

Check out the Modesto Bee Op-Ed: http://www.modbee.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article159928099.html

Burning carpet at Crows Landing poisons the air; it needs to stop

Check out our Letter to State Senator Ricardo Lara: AB 1158 Approps Support PDF

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This entry was posted on August 29, 2017 by in Environmental Justice and Public Health.
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