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Contractors urged to refurbish used carpets

WRAP has launched a carpet reuse guide, as it emerged that the landfill diversion rate for carpet increased from 2% in 2008 to 27% in 2013.

The guidance on recycling and reuse was commissioned by WRAP and prepared by Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK).

It is billed as a “practical interactive guide” for facilities professionals to highlight best practices for extending carpet lifetime as well as setting out refurbishment specifications.

It includes sample specification clauses to use in refurbishment contracts and a map of reuse, recycling and recovery outlets for carpets in the UK.

Carpet accounts for around 58% of the domestic and commercial floor covering markets.

The guide said: “The landfill diversion rate for carpet has increased from 2% in 2008 to 27% in 2013 as more outlets for carpets have developed.

“Correct handling of carpet during the refurbishment and replacement process greatly increases the end-of-life options for carpets. Equally, careful selection of the new flooring product for the building can have a positive impact on the environmental footprint of a building.”

CRUK said it will publicise the guide’s findings at a series of events next.

Last year a WRAP report concluded that collecting carpets, mattresses and pillows for reuse and recycling can be financially viable.

It said the market was relatively undeveloped but was viable for collectors and cheaper than disposal via landfill.

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