Record 113,000 tonnes of carpet reused, recycled or recovered in 2014


Carpet Recycling UK has revealed that a record breaking 113,000 tonnes of carpet was recycled, reused or recovered in 2014.

This is an increase of 6,000 tonnes compared to 2013 and represents a landfill diversion rate of 28%.


As a result, members of Carpet Recycling UK have exceeded the 25% by 2015 target.

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However, energy recovery still represents the largest disposal method with 73,000 tonnes against 40,000 tonnes for reuse and recycling.

Recycling growth in 2014 was strong in segments such as fibre recovery for felts as retailers and flooring contractors saw the benefits of capturing fitting offcuts for recycling.

Carpet Recycling UK director Laurance Bird said: “Our 2014 achievements clearly demonstrate that carpet is now regarded as a valuable resource that can be reused in a variety of innovative applications from energy to underlay.”