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More Retailers Turn To Carpet Recycling

MORE retailers are recycling carpet waste, saving money and boosting their environmental credentials, says Carpet Recycling UK, having seen 20% more visitors at its Flooring Show stand.
‘We saw over 100 retailers and flooring contractors during the three days of the show,’ says CRUK director Laurance Bird. ‘By recycling more and reducing their landfill costs, retailers 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.’
CRUK’s seminar on ‘Carpets – resources for the Circular Economy’ presented by CRUK’s Jane Gardner and Louise Abbott of Designer Contracts attracted 35 retailers, recyclers, and manufacturers.
Louise outlined their success with Anglo Recycling in recovering fibres from 250 tonnes of off-cuts a year that are turned into new underlay products. Each year in the UK, 15,000 tonnes of off-cuts arise from over 4,000 retailers, but collecting these small volumes cost-effectively from multiple sites is an on-going challenge.
Laurance added: ‘There’s still much to do. Thank you to 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.’
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