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Carpet Recycling UK Conference – moving from waste to resource

Moving from waste to resource will be the key focus at Carpet Recycling UK’s fifth Annual Conference which opens in Birmingham on June 19th with a wide-ranging programme covering latest developments and innovations across all sectors of the carpet waste supply chain.

Preceding the one-day event at the city’s Institute of Engineering and Technology will be a networking dinner on June 18th. This year sponsorship is again provided by Invista, manufacturers of ANTRON® Carpet Fibres.

Parallel ‘breakout’ sessions return this year looking at outlet development, collecting and sorting and market research and policy together with presentations covering the whole breadth of the waste hierarchy.

Aimed at organisations seeking outlets for their carpet waste as well as carpet manufacturers and firms interested in new recycling technologies, the conference examines topics such as waste prevention/redesign, take back schemes, reuse and energy from waste (EfW).

Views on The Circular Economy will be supplied by Katie McGuire of CO² Sense, Rudi Daelmans, Sustainability Director of CRUK member Desso and Steven Parsons of Wools of New Zealand and Laneve, another CRUK member.

CRUK Director Laurance Bird comments: “This year, we have attracted speakers at the forefront of innovation to share successes, gain recognition and impetus for their projects, and celebrate progression towards a future where carpet waste is a resource rather than a waste material destined for landfill.

“Our fifth annual event again promises to deliver information and inspiration for attendees who can discover fresh ideas, forge new partnerships and learn more about the significant growth of the carpet recycling network in the UK over the past year.”

New this year are two Q & A sessions, hosted by Defra, aimed at gathering evidence on landfill banning of textiles. These offer opportunities for the carpet sector to express their views directly to Government representatives on the potential ban of carpet waste in landfill sites.

Other sessions will focus on The John Lewis Sustainability Strategy – Closing the Loop with Mike Walters of John Lewis Partnership speaking on the department store’s latest carpet take back scheme. Speakers also include Paul Kelly of CRUK member Antech Solutions Ltd demonstrating carpet sorting technology using a handheld NIR analyser; David Martin of Thermitech on their pyrolysis process for energy recovery and CRUK member Peter Van Verseveld of Waste to Energy BV on recovering energy from carpet waste, while Jim Woodward of Carpet Recycling UK will discuss take back of carpet off cuts.

US-based carpet recycler, Frank Endrenyi, President of Sustainable Materials Solutions LLC will be offering insights into their ReCom System providing the purest single post-consumer polymer stream. In the World Overview slot, he will also update delegates on the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) joined by Daniel van Trimpont from Devetex looking at PP recovery from carpets.

Capturing value and the challenges of carpet reuse, recycling and collections will be explored by Ellen Petts of Greenstream Flooring CIC, Michael Walsh of Anglo Recycling Technology Ltd, both CRUK members; and Bill Griffiths of Viridor.
To register, please call Marie Rhodes on 0161 440 8325 or email: [email protected].

For more information, call 0161 440 8325 or visit

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