Carpet groups extend VPS program

The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE ) are extending the Voluntary Product Stewardship (VPS) Program that has been designed to assist sorters of postconsumer carpet divert material from landfills. After having supported the program in 2015 and 2016, the extension will provide funding through 2017.

The VPS Program is market based and designed to accept and manage all applicable postconsumer carpet, regardless of polymer type or primary materials or construction. The program provides financial assistance to qualified U.S. sorters who divert postconsumer carpet. CARE will act as the stewardship organization for the Voluntary Product Stewardship Program.

Sorters who qualify for financial assistance can expect to continue receiving funds without interruption, and the fourth quarter 2017 fund payments will be completed in the first quarter of 2018. Sorters may qualify for funds by completing all required documents and submitting quarterly reports to CARE.

More information about the VPS program is available at