Sustainability

Carpet manufacturers divert record amount from landfill

More than 6,000 tonnes of carpet waste from the production process was diverted from landfill in 2012 by UK-based manufacturing members of Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK), the industry-backed association for recycling and reusing waste carpet, has announced.

Representing a diversion rate of 99 per cent (up from last year’s 85 per cent), the manufacturers prevented 6,049 tonnes of waste carpet offcuts from the production process from going to landfill. Approximately 5,200 tonnes of this was recycled whilst a further 800 tonnes was used for energy recovery.

Speaking of the achievement, Laurance Bird, Director of CRUK, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the supreme efforts made by our UK-based manufacturers in diverting materials from UK landfill sites, with the obvious benefits in resource recovery and reduced environmental impact.

“This illustrates that new outlets and innovative end uses for recycled carpet waste are developing all the time. There is a lot of entrepreneurial spirit willing to turn waste carpet into a new raw material resource.”

Key outlets for waste carpet from production processes include ‘closed-loop’ recovery of raw materials for use in new carpet products, fibre recovery for use in non-woven goods, polypropylene recovery for use in plastics and equestrian surface fibre enhancement.

CRUK is managed by resource recovery specialist Axion Consulting and was set up to help divert some of the 400,000 tonnes of carpet waste landfilled in the UK each year. CRUK aims to recycle 25 per cent of carpet waste by 2015.

Greenstream Flooring wins two awards

Greenstream award

In other carpet news, Welsh reuse organisation, Greenstream Flooring CIC, and its partners Hafod Housing, Newydd Housing, RCT Homes, Rhondda Housing and Cynon Community Housing have been awarded two separate awards at The 2012 Chartered Institute Of Housings’ Welsh Housing Awards.

Praised for its ‘original thinking, demonstrable impact on the lives of tenants and dramatic improvement in the performance of it’s partners’, Greenstream came first in the ‘Innovation of the Year’ Award for its scheme that salvages carpet tiles from business premises before sorting and cleaning them to be resold to communities at a 20 per cent discount or a specific ‘hardship fund’.

In the initial six-month pilot, 64 rooms were carpeted with a reported 100 per cent satisfaction rate from 50 households, saving five tonnes of carpet from being landfilled. 

Greenstream and its partners were also awarded ‘The People’s Choice Award’, chosen by the audience, as the favorite winner out of all the winners in the twelve categories.

“We were surprised and truly delighted, especially winning The People Choice Award and The Innovation Award" commented Ellen Petts, MD of Greenstream. "It was such a surprise and honour to be recognized twice in one evening particularly by such an important body of people as the Chartered Institute Of Housing, we could hardly believe it.

"It’s huge testimony to the individuals at the five housing associations that backed our proposal that re-used carpet tiles could save tenants money and improve their living environments, they really do deserve this recognition" she added.