Carpet Recycling UK

ANNUAL FIGURES: Landfill diversion rate hits 16%

16.5% of all carpet waste was diverted from landfill in 2011 according to our latest figures. This is a signifcant increase on the 10% diversion rate reported for 2010 and represents excellent progress towards CRUK's 25% by 2015 target.

The diverted 66,000 tonnes was split fairly evenly between recycling and reuse (32,000 tonnes) and energy recovery (34,000 tonnes), but the proportion sent for recycling and reuse has grown from 33% to 48% in 2011 with the development of more outlets.

"It's a fantastic achievement and testament to the on-going commitment and consistent efforts of all throughout the supply chain" says Laurance Bird, Director of CRUK. "It's encouraging to see the growth in the use of carpet fibres for equestrian surfaces and felts, with 32 specialist outlets now contributing to these total diversion routes."

Greater press coverage has also built awareness of opportunities for carpet recycling; he adds: " CRUK's marketing activities at Ecobuild, Spring Flooring Show and Harrogate Floor Show have gained attention and enquiries from waste management companies and local authorities rose by 50% during 2011."

See a full list of Carpet Recycling UK's achievements in 2011 and targets for 2012 opposite or view online here.

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EVENT: CRUK Seminar to showcase "closing the loop" at Ecobuild 2012

In March, Carpet Recycling UK will be returning to Ecobuild 2012 to present an exciting seminar programme featuring the latest developments in the reuse of carpet fibres.

The seminar, to be held on Thursday 22nd March, will feature three sessions with eight speakers covering recent innovations including design for recycling and uses of carpet fibres in construction products.

Of particular interest will be presentation by textile company Aquafil whose success in recycling nylon yarn is opening up exciting new opportunities for manufacturers to incorporate post consumer carpet yarn waste into new flooring products, achieving the much sought after goal of "closing the loop" and allowing a continuous cycle of fibre reuse.

View full seminar programme online here
Download a registration form to book a free place here, or email

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PRODUCTS: Underlay underpins Anglo's recycling success

Anglo Recycling Technology estimate that in 2011 they recycled between 10 and 20% of the total UK carpet manufacturing waste for use in their innovative underlay product, Reco42. Taking wool-rich carpet edges from all the major UK carpet manufacturers, a revolutionary process developed by Anglo recycles these materials into fibres which are then incorporated into the underlay.

As a sustainable underlay product, Reco42 has proved popular as Simon Macaulay, Managing Director of Anglo explains: "The Carpet and Flooring Group have been great supporters of our new product as the first to take it in bulk and promote it through their customer base."

Now, a new partnership with Carpet Recycling UK will help the company to recycle more carpet waste by making available a new source of raw materials, this time through collection from retailers: "We have set up a project with Carpet Recycling UK to take the production offcuts from local carpet shops and recycle them. Shops will receive a promotional pack so their customers know of the good environmental work they are doing".

For further information please email or call 01706 853513.

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RECYCLERS: Econpro opens UK's first dedicated carpet recycling plant

Machinery at Econpro Carpet Recycling UK member Econpro WDS has opened the UK's first plant dedicated to carpet and carpet tile recycling at Upton on the Wirral.

State of the art robot-fed precision cutting machinery will allow processing of bitumen backed tiles and all sizes of broadloom materials including carpet edge trims and large pieces.

Ideally located to serve the North and Midlands, the facility is planned to start up in April 2012, initially offering recovery of post-industrial carpets and tile off cuts as well as take back of fitting wastes and uplifted tiles. With zero waste to landfill all reprocessed materials will be utilised in the cement and asphalt industries: Econpro has developed a comprehensive intellectual property portfolio with regards to uses for bitumen-backed carpet tiles within the construction sector.

As landfill costs rise, contractors and retailers are being encouraged by Carpet Recycling UK to consider options for recycling carpet. Phil Sutton, Econpro director said "We've benefited greatly from our membership of Carpet Recycling UK. CRUK's in-depth knowledge of this sector has been essential in helping Econpro evaluate many of the key factors in longer term commercial planning."

For further information please email or call 0870 961 9102.

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INTERNATIONAL: producer responsibility bill for Washington State is dropped

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation requires those involved in the lifecycle of a product- manufacturers, retailers, users, and disposers - to share responsibility for reducing its environmental impacts.

After the adoption by California of a Carpet Stewardship Programme last year, other US states are now considering such legislation, but a bill recently proposed for introduction in Washington State has been dropped at an early stage.

The bill would have required carpet manufacturers to pay for a network of carpet collection facilities in each of Washington's 39 counties.

It was supported by proponents as a means of creating a large number of green jobs, but it was dropped following opposition by industry representatives who predicted that cost to the carpet industry would be "into the millions."


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RESOURCES: Visit our new Website

The Carpet Recycling UK website has been re-launched with a fresh new design and improved navigation to help users quickly find the information and resources they're seeking.

Quick reference links on the homepage now include Find A Recycler which uses an interactive map and listings of recyclers locally, as well as links to recommended contractors and retailers offering carpet take back as part of their services.

There's more key information on carpet recycling, including uses for recycled and reused carpet as well as a wide range of resources including case studies, archive newsletters and presentations from previous Carpet Recycling UK events.

Jane Gardner, CRUK Co-ordinator said "I'm confident the new website will help us to communicate more effectively with different types of online visitor. In particular it will link our members who provide carpet recycling services with responsible consumers seeking alternatives to landfill for waste carpet".

Visit the website at

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RECYCLERS: Anglo Social offers chance to give back through take back

Rochdale-based CRUK member Anglo Recycling Technology has launched an innovative carpet reuse enterprise providing training for young people with autism.

Concerned by the difficulties young people with autism face in finding work and the impact this might have on his own autistic son's future, Simon Macaulay, Managing Director of Anglo decided to act. He found inspiration in the business model of fellow CRUK member Spruce Carpets, which trains people with poor access to the labour market in carpet tile reuse and resale to low income families and charities.

The Anglo Social teamThe resulting enterprise, Anglo Social, now has two trainee volunteers (pictured left with Anglo team members) referred by local partner organisation STEPS. The scheme had an early boost, taking collection of 7000 used tiles from CRUK member Forbo who were supplying new flooring during refurbishment of Britannia's head offices in Leek. Helped by links across the CRUK network, this arrangement was supported by Britannia (now part of the Co-operative Group) as it met their sustainability objectives with additional social benefits.

Simon Macaulay says: "We are always looking for supplies of second hand carpet tiles that we can grade and clean. In addition we are seeking more outlets for our tiles." He can be contacted on 01706-853513.

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The following companies provide the core funding for Carpet Recycling UK:

Vorwerk, Balsan, Desso, Quadrant
Vorwerk Balsan Desso Quadrant Cormar, Forbo, Milliken, Lifestyle Floors Cormar Forbo Milliken Headlam Lifestyle Floors
Brintons, Abingdon, Mohawk and Ege
Brintons Abingdon Mohawk Ege