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Carpet take-back schemes increase capacity for recycling says CRUK

carpetrecyclingA rise in the number of carpet take-back schemes is increasing local capacity for recycling and offering wider opportunities for retailers seeking sustainable disposal routes for off-cuts, according to Carpet Recycling UK.

CRUK members Abingdon Flooring, Designer Contracts and Oxbridge Flooring are among the latest schemes helping to capture more carpet off-cuts that are reprocessed into new underlay products.

'Participants who actively demonstrate their green approach in helping to divert carpet and underlay off-cut waste from landfill can benefit from enhanced customer perceptions, as well as reduced waste collections and lower disposal costs,' says Laurance Bird, CRUK director. 'This also helps them to differentiate their business from competitors.'

Bird says that retailers' interest in recycling is growing. 'It's heartening to see high levels of interest in our work. One of our key targets is encouraging support and participation from across the total carpet value chain so that the resource burden is shared and more than 50% of the UK carpet suppliers join us.'

CRUK has a target of 60% diversion from landfill by 2020. There is about 400,000 tonnes of carpet waste each year in the UK.