Carpet manufacturers diverted nearly 6,000 tonnes of carpet waste from landfill during 2011 – a 50% increase on 2010.
The seven UK-based manufacturing members of Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) prevented 5,983 tonnes of waste carpet off-cuts going to landfill – with 4,948 tonnes being recycled to recover valuable fibres.
The balance of 1,035 tonnes was used for energy recovery.
“It’s a tremendous leap forward and a great achievement for the group,” said CRUK director Laurance Bird. “Several of these companies will achieve zero waste to landfill by the end of this year and all of them will reach that goal during 2012 with the infrastructure investments they have in place.”
CRUK was set up by industry leaders to develop viable solutions to the nearly half a million tonnes of carpet waste landfilled in the UK each year. Its targets include 25% landfill diversion by 2015.
The seven manufacturers are Abingdon Flooring, Brintons, Cormar Carpets, Forbo, Miliken, Brockway and Penthouse Carpets.