Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) returned to the Buying Groups National Flooring Show (BGNFS) in May, where the not-for-profit association reported growth in support from the manufacturing sector with a doubling in the number of its core funders over the past three years.
Speaking after exhibiting at the event, Adnan Zeb-Khan, CRUK Manager, comments: “Our presence is helpful at the BGNFS as it helps retailers, contractors and manufacturers to consider the waste that inevitably gets produced and find better and smarter ways of dealing with it.
“Support and collaboration from the manufacturing sector has grown significantly. We are pleased to report that for the return of the live exhibition in 2022, we have 15 core funders; up from seven since the last show in 2019.”
CRUK’s core funders are Balsan, Betap, Brintons, Condor Group, Cormar, ege Carpets, Furlong Flooring, Gradus, Headlam Group, IVC Commercial, Milliken, Modulyss, Rawson Carpet Solutions, Shaw and Tarkett.
The core funders are showing leadership within the sector on developing for the circular economy, helping their customers with sustainable ranges and through CRUK to reduce their waste.
Positive aspects of the show included more discussion on collaboration with existing and potential new members on the way forward through CRUK’s circular economy initiatives.
Adnan continues: “This included a good conservation with British Wool on finding solutions for wool carpets at the end of life and how we need to bring in the wider wool sector to help to identify and develop future treatment solutions.”
CRUK also addressed the ‘misconception’ from some retailers that by just disposing of textile flooring waste in a skip doesn’t necessarily mean it is going to landfill.
Adnan emphasised the need to discuss end destinations of all carpet and textile flooring wastes “is an important one to have with existing waste management providers.”
He adds: “Using the information provided will help the sector to better understand the waste streams being generated and ultimately determine the best sustainable solutions for repurposing textile flooring.”
Latest CRUK figures reveal that the industry is diverting approximately 65% of textile flooring waste from landfill. Landfill diversion figures from the 2020 survey will be shared at the annual conference on 29-30 June. Around 430,000 tonnes of carpet and textile flooring waste arises annually in the UK.
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