Carpet waste being diverted from landfill on the rise

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Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) has announced that carpet waste being diverted from landfill has continued to rise in the UK. 

According to the company, 168,000 tonnes of carpet waste was reused, recycled or recovered for energy in 2017, equating to a diversion rate of 42%, up from 35% and an increase of 26,000 tonnes when compared to 2016.  

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The energy recovered accounted for 124,000 tonnes with the growing use of carpets as a renewable fuel source and 42,000 tonnes being reused or recycled.  

CRUK director Laurance Bird said: “Our 2017 achievements clearly show strong progress towards our goal of 60% landfill diversion by 2020. Increased interest in recycling and rising numbers of enquiries also demonstrates that carpet is now regarded as a valued raw material that presents opportunities for reuse in a variety of novel applications.” 

Pic: Reuse Warehouse https://www.flickr.com/photos/houstonreuse/5716695719  

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