Record amount of carpet recycled and reused in 2013


Latest figures from Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) show that a record-breaking tonnes of waste carpet were reused, recycled and recovered in the UK during 2013.

This was up 21 per cent on the previous year and also means that this landfill diversion rate of 27 per cent means that (CRUK) has exceeded its original target of 25 per cent by 2015 two years early. The target was originally set in 2008.


Reuse and recycling of waste carpet increased 19 per cent or by 7,000 tonnes and energy recovery rose 31 per cent or by 15,000 tonnes in 2013 compared to 2012.

It now has a new landfill diversion target of 60 per cent by 2020.

CRUK director Laurance Bird said: “We are confident that this can be reached given the progress rate over the past five years as the demand for carpets as a material stream has increased steadily. Carpet is now regarded as a beneficial resource from which valuable raw materials can be extracted for reuse in a second life.

“Possibilities are growing all the time as entrepreneurs from a complete cross-section of manufacturing and commercial enterprises continue to push the boundaries of what can be achieved.”