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Carpet Recycling UK

RETAILERS: "Consumers support takeback" Harrogate delegates are told

Consumer support for retail takeback services is growing, it was revealed at the CRUK Seminar at last month's Harrogate Flooring Show.

A survey of Carpet Foundation members found that 74% of their customers would pay for removal of carpet waste by their retailer. "This high figure is very encouraging and would be a significant help in diverting greater waste carpet volumes from landfill" commented Jane Gardner, CRUK Co-ordinator (pictured below left with Megan Gaffney and Laurance Bird).

Jane Gardner, Megan Gaffney and Laurance Bird at Harrogate Floor Show

The seminar was aimed at retailers, to raise awareness in this part of the carpet supply chain about the opportunities for offering customers carpet recycling services.

The programme covered recycling outlets in the UK as well as trials and projects involving retailers, including Bradford-based Winder Carpets and the Floor Store in Leeds, presented by Dave Critchley, Technical Manager of 4Recycling, a CRUK member. See retailer case study opposite for details

Carpet Recycling UK welcomed more than 100 visitors to its stand and more than 50 delegates to the seminar throughout the three-day show, which also attracted nearly 30 new membership enquiries.

Download the Carpet Recycling UK seminar presentation here.

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MEMBERSHIP: CRUK launches "supporter" membership to carpet retailers

Carpet Recycling UK is working to involve the whole supply chain in diverting waste carpet from landfill. The current campaign to work with retailers is now being stepped up with the launch of a new class of "supporter" membership of the association.

Jane Gardner, CRUK Co-ordinator explains: "As consumer expectations shift in favour of environmentally responsible retailing, becoming a retailer supporter of Carpet Recycling UK will first and foremost be a way to demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and support for industry targets to cut waste to landfill by 25%. But there may also be commercial advantages to be gained too - our retailer supporters will be made aware of new recycling schemes as soon as these come onstream, enabling them to offer an enhanced service to their customers, and potentially also make savings on waste disposal costs".

Supporter membership costs £75 annually with a benefits package including the use of CRUK branding and point of sales information pack. For further details, download a leaflet here or contact marie@carpetreyclinguk.com

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RETAILERS: Carpetright partners with Countrystyle to recycle 50 tonnes carpet annually

Carpetright, the UK's biggest carpet retailer, has joined forces with CRUK member Countrystyle Group to recycle enough carpet each year to cover three football pitches.

The initiative was sparked at last year's CRUK Annual Conference, when Ian Rainsley, Carpetright's Risk and Safety Manager met Countrystyle's Recycling Manager, Chris Howard.

The scheme is now underway and Countrystyle uses a 40 yard roll-on roll-off skip to collect segregated carpet off-cuts from the Carpetright Purfleet centre, Europe's largest carpet warehouse. These are then transported to a third party site in London where they are shredded for energy markets, instead of going to landfill as they would have done previously.

Although this incurs a small extra cost over landfill, Ian Rainsley says "We accept our responsibility as Europe's leading floor retailer to set an example in respect of environmental issues." Kevin Sibley, Countrystyle's Commercial Manager adds:" I think the scheme will become cost neutral as landfill tax is set to rise by another £8 per tonne from next April."

For further information please email Kevin.Sibley@countrystylegroup.co.uk

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TRIALS: Atritor Turbo Separator extracts dirt and latex from carpet shred

Atritor Turbo Separator

Recent trials conducted by Atritor have shown encouraging results for fibre extraction from carpet shred. The Atritor Turbo Separator, originally designed to separate products from packaging, is now being adopted across a range of materials including refuse derived flock for energy recovery.

These trials tested carpet in the machine for the first time, using a 25 mm shred produced by Greenback Recycling. Results indicate that the Turbo Separator can extract latex and dirt along with short fibres giving an output of clean long fibres. Fibre length is dependent on the input material and ranged from 20 to 75 mm, with 68% long fibre (over 15mm) output achieved on this post consumer carpet shred. Further screening would be needed to separate out the fines using vibratory systems.

Next step will be to get feedback from fibre reprocessors on this output, which has the potential to provide an increased raw material input stream. Currently fibre reprocessors use post industrial carpet material sources, but the latex content reduces yields significantly.

For more information about the Atritor Turbo Separator contact Mark Hulme 07768 165773 or e-mail mhulme@atritor.com for details

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OUTLETS: Carpet Recycling Group launches at RWM Exhibition

Launched last month at Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition, Carpet Recycling Group is a specialist carpet recycling business offering a nationwide bulk collection service. The processing facility near Grantham accepts deliveries 365 days a year, providing recycling and recovery of 100% of carpet waste taken in.

Carpet Recycling Group

Retailers in the East Midlands are being encouraged to take advantage of this by bulking up offcuts with uplifted old carpets and delivering direct to the facility, to provide their customers with a complete service, including takeback.

The facility accepts segregated as well as mixed loads of post consumer carpets from CA sites, construction sites, retailers and distributors. Manufacturing offcuts such as edge trims, seams, and samples can all be processed, with carpet tiles and underlay also accepted.

CRG is working continuously with a range of industries to explore and develop new and higher value end uses for carpet recyclates. The non-recyclable fraction is used as fuel in the cement industry; every fifteen tonnes of pellets used results in a saving of 10 tonnes of coal.

Ruth Cullen, Sales Manager of Mid-UK Group is confident about future prospects:"Based on enquiries received at RWM we expect continuing strong growth in carpet recycling and recovery."

Call freephone 0800 1488 299 to discuss opportunities for your business or email enquiries@carpet-recycling.com

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OUTLETS: 4Recycling takes in Wakefield's municipal and retailer carpet waste

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council (WMDC) were one of the first customers of 4Recycling when they introduced carpet collection in 2010 at two of their household waste recycling sites. Now rolled out to four sites with an updated website to raise local awareness, the service is expected to collect over 150 tonnes of carpet for recycling this year.

Once the collected carpet reaches Wakefield Waste Transfer Station, the onward journey to 4Recycling's plant at Stourton is short, keeping transport costs down. This transfer station also accepts commercial and industrial wastes, and now this includes carpets, several local retailers are also making use of this facility. With scaled fees based on weight, this service has cost benefits against landfill and is an environmentally sound option as all carpets go on to 4Recycling for material recovery.

John Lawson, Waste Technical Manager for WMDC says "I've been impressed by the service provided by 4Recycling and I look forward to seeing the volume expand as both retailers and consumers seek options that are more environmentally acceptable than landfill."

For further information on 4Recycling's services contact Director Paul Gilbert paul.gilbert@4recycling.co.uk or visit www.4recycling.co.uk

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The following carpet manufacturers provide the core funding for Carpet Recycling UK:

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