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CRUK helps retailers to recycle carpet waste

Carpet Recycling UK will again be providing advice for retailers on sustainable disposal routes for carpet fitting waste and uplifted post-consumer carpets at the 2015 Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show in Solihull on May 12 and 13.

Visitors to CRUK’s stand at the Cranmore Park event can find out how clean installation waste take-back schemes and the rising numbers of outlets processing carpet waste for new uses offer many business benefits for retailers.

The industry-backed association for recycling and reusing waste carpet offers retailers opportunities to enhance their business and green credentials, as well as potentially save on disposal costs, by diverting waste material from landfill.

“In less than ten years we have created a nationwide network of recyclers and outlets that provide genuine and sustainable alternative disposal routes for waste carpet,” comments CRUK Director, Laurance Bird. “This is both good news for the sector and good news for the environment.

“Consumers feel better knowing their waste carpet is diverted from landfill, while retailers can reduce the frequency of their general waste collections, as uplifted and fitting waste material can be recycled into new products.”

Last year, a record-breaking 113,000 tonnes of carpet were reused, recycled or recovered for energy, representing a landfill diversion rate of 28%. CRUK’s new target is 60% diversion from landfill by 2020. Some 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

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