A record number of visitors to Carpet Recycling UK’s stand at the 2014 Harrogate Flooring Show – up 20% on last year – provided ‘tangible evidence’ that more retailers are recycling their carpet waste, saving them money and enhancing their environmental credentials.
“Many of them told us that having sought our advice last year, they were now recycling their off-cuts with great success, it was saving them money and they were delighted with the service,” reported CRUK Director Laurance Bird. “We saw more than 100 retailers and flooring contractors.”
He singled out Jaypark Carpets, of Denton, Greater Manchester, as a ‘great example’ of a retailer who had made a special effort to personally thank CRUK for putting them in touch with a local recycling outlet. Now their off-cuts are being diverted from landfill and recycled into new carpet underlay by CRUK member Anglo Recycling.
Laurance continued: “Our fourth year at the show was our best yet and it was very heartening to get such positive feedback from retailers on how they were succeeding in their recycling efforts, which benefits both their businesses and the environment.
“By recycling more and reducing their landfill costs, they are winning on all levels. There has been a huge turnaround in thinking compared to just six years ago and it shows that the flooring industry is embracing recycling its carpet waste in a big way.
“Retailers are in an ideal position to collect off-cuts for recycling, keeping a useful raw material in circulation in line with Circular Economy principles. It’s also an opportunity to improve their environmental credentials and, in turn, provide an enhanced service to their customers, which as eco-conscious consumers, they are increasingly demanding,” added Laurance.
Over the three days, the CRUK team shared details of new recycling outlets with enquirers, offering greater recycling options for retailers. These included James Robinson Fibres, Tees Valley Recycling, and reuse member Midland Carpet Tiles, as well as wider coverage for established CRUK reuse member Greenstream. Anglo Recycling’s closed loop take back service and the underlay products they are producing from the collected material also generated much interest.
CRUK’s seminar on ‘Carpets – resources for the Circular Economy’ presented by CRUK’s Jane Gardner and Louise Abbott of CRUK member and leading contractor Designer Contracts attracted around 35 retailers, recyclers, and manufacturers keen to hear more on how greater opportunities for sustainably recycling carpet waste can enhance their businesses.
Louise outlined their success with Anglo Recycling in recovering fibres from 250 tonnes of off-cuts per year that are turned into new underlay products. Each year in the UK, there are 15,000 tonnes of off-cuts arising from more than 4,000 retailers, but collecting these small volumes cost-effectively from multiple sites is an on-going challenge.
Laurance concluded: “We have come a long way since 2008, but there’s still much we can do. We would like to thank our existing supporters and those we hope will join us as we strive towards our new target of diverting 60% carpet waste from landfill by 2020. Together we can do it!
CRUK, the industry’s association for recycling and reusing carpet, welcomes enquiries from all types of organisations interested in recycling waste carpet.
Carpet Recycling UK can be contacted on 0161 440 8325 or visit www.carpetrecyclinguk.com