Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) is calling on more local authorities to implement dedicated collection areas at civic amenity (CA) sites for waste carpet in order to increase recycling rates.
Waste carpet makes up 11% of residual waste brought to CA sites. The current carpet recycling rate is around 9% but CRUK aims to hit a recycling rate of 25% by 2015.
CRUK co-ordinator Jane Gardner said: “With only seven years of landfill space left in the UK, local authorities can make a huge difference by making the right facilities available to boost waste carpet recycling.
“There are 19 specialist carpet recyclers in the UK, so it should be possible for councils to find an alternative to landfill. Given the severe pressure on UK landfill availability and the public’s willingness to recycle more, making this provision represents an excellent opportunity to both protect the environment and increase resource for recyclers.”
Gardner hopes more local authorities will install containers specifically to collect carpets, which make recycling easier as they ensure the carpet waste is dry and separate from other waste.
Rutland County Council recently partnered up with CRUK member Mid UK Recycling. Rutland now has dedicated collections containers for the separation of carpets and mattresses at all CA sites. Mid UK then processes these wastes to extract the highest value raw materials and then produces flock for energy recovery from those materials that cannot be separated out for reprocessing.