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Carpet Recycling UK – the value to retailers of recycling carpet waste

Carpet Recycling UK highlighted the economic and environmental value to retailers of recycling their uplifted carpets and installation off-cuts at the 2015 Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show, Solihull in May.

Baling uplifted carpets reduces the costs of logistics associated with sending these bulky materials for recycling and saves money on landfilling them. Recycling off-cuts, which have higher potential value, works out at less than half the cost of landfill. CRUK member Kenburn was also present to give hands-on baler advice to retailers.

“Installation off-cuts can be converted into other textile-based products like carpet underlay, particularly if they are wool-based. Wool is a good fibre for use in felt carpet underlays, thanks to its resilience and insulation properties,” explained Laurance Bird, Director of the industry-backed association for recycling and reusing waste carpet.

“Plus, of course, there is the intrinsic environmental PR value that can be promoted to your customers by demonstrating your commitment to recycling carpet,” he pointed out.

Carpet Recycling UK supports its retail members’ recycling endeavours with Point of Sale promotional packs, membership certificates and a listing on the CRUK website, confirming their commitment to improving their environmental credentials.

Retailers seeking inspiration can hear more from Neville Hinchliffe of leading furniture store and CRUK member Arighi Bianchi on his experiences of recycling carpet and selling underlay from Anglo Recycling Technology, thereby completing the ‘circle of use’. Neville will be speaking at the CRUK Annual Conference on June 11.

“These are exciting times and we are making significant progress with retailers whom we can advise on the best recycling options for their businesses,” added Laurance.

Around 400,000 tonnes of carpet waste arises each year in the UK, of which 113,000 tonnes were reused, recycled or recovered for energy in 2014; representing a landfill diversion rate of 28%.

CRUK’s target is 60% diversion from landfill by 2020.

Carpet Recycling UK welcomes enquiries from all types of organisations interested in finding new outlets for their waste carpet. It can be contacted on 0161 440 8325 or visit

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