Landfill diversion of carpet waste rises to 42%

Carpet Recycling UK Update

Volumes of carpet waste diverted from landfill in the UK continue to rise, with 168,000 tonnes reused, recycled or recovered for energy in 2017, according to Carpet Recycling UK.

This represents a diversion rate of 42% - up from 35% and an increase in 26,000 tonnes compared to 2016, according to the industry body’s latest figures. Around 400,000 tonnes of waste carpet arise each year in the UK.

Energy recovery accounted for 124,000 tonnes with the growing use of carpets as a renewable fuel source in cement kilns and 42,000 tonnes were reused or recycled.

In 2017, main growth areas were in equestrian surface materials, carpet tile reuse, carpets for cement kilns to replace fossil fuels and local incineration of municipal solid wastes (MSW).

Commenting on their 2017 achievements, 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.

“Thanks to their unstinting commitment and support, we are continuing to advance sustainability in this sector and drive growth in recycling capacity.”

CRUK’s core funders are Cormar Carpets, Lifestyle Floors/Headlam, Brintons Carpets, Desso, ege, Milliken and Balsan.

Carpet Recycling UK will be recognising its members’ innovations, successes and sharing information on latest developments and recycling technologies at its 2018 Annual Conference and Awards event to be held on Thursday 5th July at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium in Birmingham.

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