Volumes of carpet waste diverted from landfill in the country continue to increase, with 168,000 tonnes either reused, recycled or recovered for energy in 2017, a report from Carpet Recycling UK says.
This equates to a diversion rate of 42%; a whopping 35% increase compared to 2016, in which only 26,000 tonnes were recorded, according to the industry body’s latest figures.
The ever-growing use of carpets as a renewable fuel source in cement kilns saw energy recovery make up for 124,000 tonnes of the amount, with 42,000 tonnes being reused or recycled.
Commenting on their 2017 achievements, Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) Director Laurance Bird said: “Our Core Funder manufacturing and distribution members continue to succeed and provide outstanding support to CRUK as well as to their customers. These Core Funders are industry leaders in developing voluntary producer responsibility for carpets throughout their lifecycle.
CRUK can count Cormar Carpets, Lifestyle Floors/Headlam, Brinton Carpets, Desso, ege, Milliken and Balsan amongst its core funders.
CRUK are seeing its retailer and flooring contractor membership grow, as more companies understand the cost savings and positive sustainability impacts for their businesses.
Statistics also show awareness and interest in recycling carpet waste is growing further; with 640 enquiries handled by the CRUK team in 2017, a rise of 28% on the year previous.
Enquiries were made over the phone, online and at events, with many coming from retailers, contractors and recyclers, whilst CRUK’s social media profile has also helped to boost this growth in enquiries and generate leads.
Laurance praised the company’s 2017 achievements, saying they ‘clearly show strong progress’ towards its goal of 60% landfill diversion by 2020.
He also called for an increased interest in recycling, with rising numbers of enquiries demonstrating how carpet is now deemed a valued raw material which presents opportunities for reuse.
He added: “In our tenth anniversary year, we remain proud of our achievements and appreciate the wide-ranging support that contributes to the success of CRUK and is helping to ensure the growing demand for carpet recycling services is met.”
CRUK’s 2018 Annual Conference and Awards event is taking place on Thursday 5 July at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Cricket Stadium
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