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Carpet Recycling UK sees emerging trends in use of carpet waste

Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) has stated it is seeing emerging trends in the repurposing of carpet and textile flooring waste as a resource in all types of refurbishment projects.

CRUK works with companies across the flooring sector and wider industries to develop solutions for carpet, carpet tiles and other textile flooring waste.

CRUK Harrogate ShowThe independent non-profit membership association will be exhibiting at The Flooring Show 2021 in September – an annual expo dedicated to the flooring industry.

Visitors to the Harrogate show from 19-21 September will find the CRUK team next to its long-standing member Cormar Carpets.

The flooring trade has continued to remain busy throughout the pandemic, with CRUK reporting an increase in enquiries from the fit out and demolition sectors.

These sectors employ contractors to strip out textile flooring – such as carpet tiles – from offices and quality broadloom from hotels.

At the Flooring Show, CRUK plans to showcase some of the products from the non-woven recyclers who are working with some of their key flooring contractor members.

These are Anglo Recycling, Edward Clay and Son and John Cotton Group.

Underlay manufacturers, including CRUK member Interfloor Ltd, are also set to demonstrate the recycled content in their products.

Flooring contractors who have partnered with CRUK include Contract Flooring Solutions, Designer Contracts and new homes flooring contractor Saint Flooring.

Commenting on several emerging trends, Adnan Zeb-Khan, CRUK Manager, welcomed the shift towards ‘better outcomes’ for unwanted carpet, carpet tile and textile flooring that is ‘increasingly being moved up the waste hierarchy’.

Zeb-Khan commented: “Fit out companies are contacting us because their customers – developers and designers – want to embrace sustainability and repurpose materials where possible.

“They are requesting that projects incorporate sustainable flooring, which can include repurposed commercial carpet tiles, as well as specifying products made with recycled content or designed with take back and recycling in mind.”

He continued: “Flooring contractors see the value in working with us, using our branding to demonstrate their Green Credentials to customers to show that carpet is being repurposed, whether for reuse or recycling.”

CRUK’s Membership Services Manager, Marie Rhodes said: “Many of these manufacturers use recycled PU foam in their products and realise that it’s beneficial to align with our network, branding platform and large outreach.”

Rhodes added: “We aim to try to push carpet up the waste hierarchy for repurposing and reuse where possible, saving costs and helping to save resources.

“Ultimately, it is so rewarding to see these quality materials being repurposed across all sectors, including the commercial and third sectors, where they do so much good in the community.”

“We’re looking forward to meeting visitors at the show to discuss options and share advice on how companies can divert more carpet and textile flooring materials from landfill.”