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The Carpet Recycling Conference In The UK

The Carpet Recycling Annual Conference and Awards Event will open at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium, Birmingham, the UK on Thursday 18 July 2019. The theme this year is ‘Design for Recycling and the Circular Economy’. The event will cover new innovations in the carpet reuse and the recycling techniques, as well as contemporary developments in the circular carpet design. 

The achievements and important contributions by both individual and organisations as members will be recognised by the industry-backed association for reusing and recycling waste carpet. They will be awarded for continuing to advance sustainability in the flooring sector.


The one-day conference is sponsored by Invista the manufacturers of ANTRON Carpet Fibres. It will include inspiring talks and discussions, presentation of the latest sustainability trends and great networking. The awards will reward the members’ environmental sustainability, innovation and success in managing to recover carpet for new uses. There are four categories:

  • Recycler of the Year; 
  • Reuse Member of the Year; 
  • Take Back Partner of the Year;
  • Recycling Champion of the Year.


The CRUK’s conference will present valuable networking opportunities and attract international decision-makers from across the carpet supply chain, including manufacturers, raw material suppliers, waste management companies, recyclers, and retailers. Bob Peoples, Executive Director of the US-based Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) will be returning as a keynote speaker. He is invited to share the growth and progress in new technologies for PET and PP carpet recycling. 


The CRUK was founded in 2008 to tackle the issue of the 400,000 tonnes of waste carpet being arisen in the UK annually. Its funders are Cormar Carpets, Brintons Carpets,  Lifestyle Floors/Headlam, DESSO, ege, Milliken, and Balsan. In 2018 alone, the astonishing amount of 175,252 tonnes of carpet were reused, recycled or recovered for energy; which represents a landfill diversion rate of 44%.