INVISTA Antron® carpet fibre has supported the Carpet Recycling UK 2015 Annual Conference and Awards, held at the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Birmingham, as the not for profit organisation looks to divert more of the 400,000 tonnes of carpet sent to landfill in the UK every year.
As the main sponsor of the event, INVISTA Antron® carpet fibre helped to ensure that Carpet Recycling UK members, including leading manufacturers and recycling companies, enjoyed a packed agenda of seminars, including workshops on reuse and recycling, successful models in the US and the principle of the circular economy. Running over two days, 10-11th June, the conference include speakers such as Russell Owens of the Welsh Government, Anthony Cline, CARE; Sean Ragiel, CarpetCycle LLC; Vanessa Brady, SBID; Ken Webster, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Neville Hinchliffe, Arigi Bianchi.
The conference also saw the annual Awards Dinner, celebrating the efforts of member companies and individuals in their efforts to improve on the 28% diversion rate recorded in 2014. Recycler of the Year; Reuse Member of the Year, Take Back Partner of the Year and Recycling Champion were all announced at the dinner.
With an ambition to divert 60% of carpet waste sent to landfill by 2020, Carpet Recycling UK is the leading body in the country and has pioneered good sustainable practice within the carpet industry since it was established in 2008. Starting off with six specialist carpet reuse, recycling and energy recovery outlets, the organisation now boasts 20 and in 2014 saw 1.2million carpet tiles collected and diverted from landfill into reuse, recycling or energy recovery.