According to Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK), the volume of carpet waste diverted from landfill in the UK has shown a modest increase with 175,252 tonnes being reused, recycled or recovered for energy in 2018.
This represents a diversion rate of 44%, up from 42% and an increase of 7,252 tonnes on 2017, said the association.
Energy recovery accounted for 113,914 tonnes, 65% of the total and a reduction of 10,086 tonnes from 2017. The reuse and recycling of waste carpet was up by 19,338 tonnes on 2017 to 61,338 tonnes, making up 35% of the total.
CRUK scheme manager Adnan Zeb-Khan said: “Our Core Funder manufacturing and distribution membership continues to grow, providing exceptional support to CRUK as well as to their customers. These Core Funders are industry leaders in developing voluntary producer responsibility for carpets throughout their lifecycle.”
Its core funders are Cormar Carpets, Lifestyle Floors/Headlam, Brinton Carpets, DESSO, ege, Milliken and Balsan.
He added that CRUK’s retailer and flooring contractor membership has increased as more firms are recognising cost saving and sustainability impacts for their business.
Awareness and interest in recycling carpet waste resulted in around 620 enquiries being received by CRUK in 2018.
The scheme manager said: “We are making progress towards our target of 60% landfill diversion by 2020 and are proud of what we have achieved in our first decade. With strong commitment and support from all our Core Funders, members and the supply chain, we will continue to work tirelessly towards our sustainability goals.”
CRUK has said that it will focus on increasing support from membership across the flooring sector as the 2020 target approaches, equivalent to 240,000 tonnes from landfill diversion of carpet waste. f