Resource Use

Carpet Recycling UK recycles record amount

Around 107,000 tonnes of waste carpet were reused, recycled and recovered in the UK during 2013, according to the latest figures released by Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK).

The statistics show that CRUK members recycled and recovered 21 per cent (22,000 tonnes) more carpet in 2013 than in the previous year, and diverted 27 per cent of carpet waste from landfill.

The majority of this was sent to energy recovery (15,000 tonnes), while the remaining 7,000 tonnes was reused or recycled. This represents a 31 per cent and 19 per cent increase on 2012 levels respectively.

As such, CRUK has surpassed its 2015 target of diverting 25 per cent of carpet waste from landfill two years early.

According to CRUK, the rise in recycling has been assisted by a three-fold increase in the amount of local authorities providing dedicated carpet collection facilities (rising from 15 to 45, with more than 200 household waste recycling centres collecting used carpets), as well as the creation of ‘new outlets and innovative end uses’ for recycled carpet waste.

The body is now hoping to achieve a 60 per cent landfill diversion target by 2020.

Speaking of the new target, CRUK Director Laurance Bird said: “We are confident that this can be reached given the progress rate over the past five years as the demand for carpets as a material stream has increased steadily.

“Carpet is now regarded as a beneficial resource from which valuable raw materials can be extracted for reuse in a second life.

“Possibilities are growing all the time as entrepreneurs from a complete cross-section of manufacturing and commercial enterprises continue to push the boundaries of what can be achieved.”

Bird also welcomed Scotland’s new waste regulations (which came into force on 1 January), which require commercial businesses to segregate materials for collection as a ‘welcome move’, adding that CRUK will be watching the impact has on carpet recycling levels ‘closely’.

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