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CRUK advises retailers on recycling carpet waste

Retailers can gain advice from Carpet Recycling UK on the best recycling routes for carpet fitting waste and uplifted post-consumer carpets at the 2016 Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show in Solihull on May 10 and 11.

Visitors to CRUK’s stand at the Cranmore Park event can find out how clean installation waste take-back schemes and the growth in facilities processing carpet waste for new uses offer many business advantages for retailers, including potential savings on waste disposal costs.

The industry-backed association for recycling and reusing waste carpet offers retailers opportunities to enhance their business and green credentials by diverting waste material from landfill, with both economic and environmental benefits.

“Support from our core funders has helped us to drive growth in recycling capacity that provides sustainable alternative disposal routes for waste carpet,” comments CRUK Director Laurance Bird. “Retailers like the fact they can reduce the frequency of their general waste collections by directing their uplifted and fitting waste material to recyclers for use in new products.”

Neville Hinchliffe of CRUK member Arighi Bianchi can testify to CRUK’s help. The leading furniture store is recycling hundreds of tonnes of waste carpet each year and selling underlay from Anglo Recycling Technology; thereby completing the ‘circle of use’ and significantly reducing their waste management costs. He says: “We find our customers are happy to pay a premium to have their carpet and underlay waste recycled.”

Laurance adds: “Judging by the 96% growth in enquiries from the flooring sector last year, there’s clear proof that companies are keen to reduce their environmental impact and avoid landfilling waste carpet where possible.”

CRUK’s core funders are Cormar Carpets, Lifestyle Floors/Headlam, Desso, Ege, Milliken, Balsan and Marlings.

Last year, 125,000 tonnes of carpet were reused, recycled or recovered for energy – a 31% landfill diversion rate. CRUK’s target is 60% diversion from landfill by 2020. Around 400,000 tonnes of carpet waste arises each year in the UK.

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 www.carpetrecyclinguk.com.

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