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CARPET & CARPET TILES


INDUSTRY UPDATE: CARPET & CARPET TILES


CRUK, Desso, Lano, Woolsafe and Wilton tell us about what’s going on in the carpet industry, as we enter into the Autumn months of 2013.


REUSE AND RECYCLING OPPORTUNITIES


FOR CARPET TILES Increasing the reuse or recycling of the estimated 58million individual carpet tiles uplifted each year in the UK, is a key focus for Carpet Recycling UK as it strives to divert more material from landfill, and to help organisations achieve zero to landfill targets.


In 2011, an estimated 750,000 carpet tiles were reused or recycled, representing a diversion rate of just 1.4%. However, the sector is expanding with 15 CRUK member organisations, comprising five reuse organisations and 10 recycling or fuel flock specialists, who are able to tackle this 64,000tonne waste stream.


Projects for carpet tile recycling and reuse include DESSO’s nationwide collection and recycling Take Back™ programme, and Greenstream Recycling’s national re-use/recycling collection for local social benefit.


“Raising awareness within these sectors is crucial for us in finding useful second lives for carpet tiles, and diverting a readily-recyclable resource from landfill. Having made a great start, there is still much more we can do,” said Laurance Bird, Director of Carpet Recycling UK, the industry body for carpet recycling and reuse.


Flooring manufacturer DESSO, a CRUK core-funder, provides nationwide collection and recycling facilities via its Take Back™ programme, which accepts used tiles from any source, except PVC- backed tiles. Established in 2008, this recycling initiative aims to ensure zero


goes to landfill by turning old tiles into new flooring products or using them in other recycling initiatives. Participants receive a Take Back™ certificate as a guarantee that the material was recycled according to Cradle to Cradle®


Laurance concluded: “We are very keen to hear from organisations who wish to recycle their unwanted carpet tiles, as we can put them in touch with collection schemes, recyclers and outlets offering alternatives to landfill. Opportunities are growing for re-use, offering potential savings on disposal costs while contributing to organisations’ Green Procurement policies and eco-credentials.”


www.carpetrecyclinguk.com principles.


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