Carpet Recycling UK’s fourth Annual Conference opens in Birmingham
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Carpet Recycling UK Conference
The Carpet Recycling UK Conference provides information and inspiration for all sectors of the carpet waste supply chain, including presentations from leading American carpet recyclers.
Carpet Recycling UK Conference - growing diversion, increasing value, redesigning for the future
Preceding the one-day event on July 11th, at the city’s Institute of Engineering and Technology will be a networking dinner on July 10th.
This year sponsorship is provided by Invista, manufacturers of ANTRON® Carpet Fibres.
The conference is aimed at organisations seeking outlets for their carpet waste as well as carpet manufacturers and firms interested in new recycling technologies.
A new format features three parallel ‘breakout’ sessions in the afternoon allowing attendees to select the most relevant talks for them.
Topics will include waste prevention/redesign, reuse, recycling and energy from waste (EfW).
Up to 100 delegates are expected at the event, which is organised by resource recovery specialists Axion Consulting. Axion manages Carpet Recycling UK, the industry-backed association for recycling and reusing waste carpet.
Two US-based carpet recyclers, Frank Endrenyi, President of Sustainable Materials Solutions LLC and Sean Ragiel of Carpet Cycle, a carpet collector and recycler, will be offering insights into new developments in the United States.
Other sessions will focus on Closing the Loop - Designing for the Future to inspire fresh thinking on how products are designed so as to preserve increasingly limited resources.
Speakers include Tammy Korndoerfer of the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA), a Hamburg-based scientific institute specialising in the Cradle to Cradle® design concept, and Jan Ladefoged Jenson of Danish carpet manufacturer egetaepper a/s spotlighting their approach to addressing and integrating sustaining manufacturing processes.
Raw material suppliers Aquafil SPA and Wools of New Zealand will discuss how their products can suit a closed loop process.
Further presentations will look at new outlets for carpet waste and developments in re-use of carpet tiles, plus a talk by WRAP on resource efficiency in manufacture and in refurbishment projects.
Test results using carpets in two alternative thermal treatment technologies based on pyrolysis and gasification will be presented.
The collection and recovery of fibres from installation wastes will be discussed, increasing opportunities for higher value in textiles and plastics.
CRUK Co-ordinator Jane Gardner of Axion Consulting comments: “Our fourth annual conference once again builds on our previous successful events and demonstrates the significant growth of the carpet recycling network in the UK over the past year.
’Delegates have tremendous opportunities to learn about available and emerging technologies for carpet recycling, as well as to meet those already in the business and find outlets for their carpet waste.
’In particular, the introduction of parallel breakout sessions allows attendees to make the most of their time in choosing the subjects of most value to them. CRUK is making great strides forward and this event aims to share that success,’ adds Jane.
New distributors that have recently joined the Recofloor vinyl flooring take-back scheme have created nine more drop-off points across the UK. The distributors are all part of the Mercado Headlam Group and cover Gateshead, Leeds, Liverpool, Chelsmford, Southampton and Bristol. Recofloor was founded by Polyflor and Altro and now has 74 drop-off points for vinyl flooring that is to be diverted from landfill.
Axion Consulting is voicing concerns over proposed sampling sizes and techniques for the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) Code of Practice possibly leading to inaccurate data and unacceptable margins of error. The resource recovery company is arguing that a ’one size fits all’ approach won’t work as sample sizes should be determined not by weight but according to the number of individual items in each sample taken.
Axion Consulting has launched dedicated training packages offering advice on the commissioning and operation of waste management plants for Materials Recycling Facilities (MRF) managers. Recent growth in the construction of new waste facilities has fuelled demand for practical and technical training in this field. Tailored training packages are available to suit individual MRF processes and feedstock mixtures.
Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) has reported that increasing requests from consumers for retailers to offer responsible means of end-of-life carpet disposal have led to a growth in interest in carpet recycling. The 2013 National Flooring Show highlighted the growing interest from retailers in offering recycling and take-back schemes. Results from a CRUK pilot off-cuts recovery trial are due to be released at its Annual conference on 19 June.
Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) has won the 2013 Resource Revolution Awards Landfill Diversion category. The awards honour modern waste management initiatives and recognised CRUK’s achievements in discovering new ways in which waste carpet can be used. Carpet Recycling UK has set a target of 25% landfill diversion by 2015 and saw a rise of 30% in 2012 compared to the previous year.