Members of trade body Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) have managed to significantly increase the amount of carpet they recycled to an estimated 64% in 2010.
This would amount to more than 4,000 tonnes being diverted from landfill out of a total carpet waste figure they had of 6,265 tonnes.
In 2009, CRUK members diverted 53% of carpet from landfill compared to 6% across the carpet industry.
CRUK is managed by Axion Consulting and its CRUK coordinator Jane Gardner described these figures as “a tremendous result”. She added: “These achievements will contribute towards the industry goal of 25% landfill diversion by 2015, which all 14 CRUK manufacturing members have signed up to. Additionally, they have committed to zero waste to landfill by 2012, with several expecting to reach this by 2011.”
CRUK has 47 members that include retailers, carpet manufacturers and recyclers. However, this is only a small part of a carpet industry that overall sends more than half a million tonnes of carpet to landfill each year.