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Carpet recycling body strengthens landfill reduction commitment

Carpet manufacturers have strengthened their commitment to meeting an industry target of diverting 25% of carpet waste from landfill by 2015, with a new programme aimed at encouraging carpet recycling uptake.

The 14 members of trade association Carpet Recycling UK, which is managed by Axion Consulting, have pledged  a new range initiatives aimed at reducing almost 500,000 tonnes of carpet waste sent to landfill each year.

Carpet Recycling UK project manager Jane Gardner told MRW: “Our target is 25% landfill diversion by 2015, at the moment we’re on 6%, so that’s a huge increase. It’s still not that well known what you can do with carpet waste.”

The new programme will include local networking sessions to bring together carpet recyclers with interested parties, a workshop on increasing use of carpet in Energy from Waste (EfW) and an entrepreneur event to provide technical information on carpet recycling.

“We’re trying to find new outlets for carpet waste, so for wool rich carpet – [we’re trying to understand] where could we use that as an end market. We want to make people in other sectors, such as the insulation market, aware of the properties of carpet.”

The organisation has already diverted 26,000 tonnes of carpet waste from landfill in the past year, as well as doubling the number of processing facilities for carpet waste from eight to 16, with a further 15 predicted to come online by the end of 2010.

Gardner said: “By taking positive action and working together to divert carpet waste from landfill, carpet manufacturers and their supply chain are demonstrating a real desire to recover a largely-ignored, yet recyclable material.”

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