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CR-UK looks to retail sector for recycling growth

CRUK2016AwardwinnersWhile energy recovery, the equestrian and automotive/leisure sectors offer opportunities for future growth in carpet recycling, segregating carpet waste for reuse and recycling remains a key challenge, particularly for retailers, according to Laurance Bird, Carpet Recycling UK director.

Bird told delegates at its annual conference that it had been working with retailers to develop new solutions. Looking ahead, CR-UK will continue to promote design for easier resource recovery, identify new recycling technologies for carpet materials and to develop further recycling outlets and markets in line with Circular Economy principles, he said.
He praised CR-UK’s core funders: Cormar Carpets, Lifestyle Floors/Headlam, Desso, ege, Milliken, Balsan and Marlings for their on-going support: ‘In taking a voluntary producer responsibility positioning within the market place, they are recognised as leaders for sustainability within the carpet value chain.’
About 400,000tonnes of waste carpet arises annually in the UK of which 31% (125,000tonnes) was diverted from landfill via reuse, recycling and energy recovery in 2015. CRUK’s target is 60% diversion from landfill by 2020. Schemes include carpet tile reuse supporting disadvantaged people, recycled fibres turned into horticultural growing mats and collecting waste carpet from retailers for energy recovery.
Carpet Recycling UK’s third annual awards ceremony celebrated the achievements of members who have demonstrated innovation, commitment and best practice in the sector. Three special awards, introduced for the first time this year, rewarded winners based on their company’s activity as a CRUK member.
Graham Kempton of Designer Contracts was named Recycling Champion for his commitment to making carpet recycling work by reorganising delivery routes and increasing the capacity to collect more waste. Tony Winder of Winder Carpets and Neil Green of Made by U were highly commended.
Designer Contracts also won the Take Back Partner of the Year award for the second year running for working ‘tirelessly to make recycling happen’ and working closely with its recycling partners. Linney Cooper and Branagan Flooring Services were Highly Commended.
Carpet Tile Recycling was named Reuse Member of the Year for recognising the need to accept all carpet tiles for reuse and its development of new innovative outlets for those tiles that cannot be reused. Midland Carpet Tile Recycling and M25 Made by U were highly commended.
Recycler of the Year went to Desso UK for its innovative approach to moving carpets up the waste hierarchy and design of a product that can be more easily recycled in the future. Xtraction and Waste to Energy were highly commended.
Doncaster-based reuse and recycling social enterprise Made By U won the Best Newcomer award, having made a significant impact since recently joining CR-UK. As well as benefiting the community through carpet tile reuse, it is diverting large volumes of carpet waste in Yorkshire from landfill into the highest possible value outlets.
The 2016 Outstanding Achievement award went to Anglo Recycling Technology for its efforts to achieve high quality carpet fibres for reuse in textiles, including a closed-loop system that reprocesses retailers’ carpet off-cuts back into underlay.
Cormar Carpets’ strong commitment to carpet recycling and sustainability, both within its own and customers’ businesses, was recognised with the Longstanding Support award.
Pictured are: left to right: Neil Green, M25 Made by U Ltd; Graham Kempton, Designer Contracts; Simon Macaulay, Anglo Recycling Technology; Ashley Haigh, Carpet Tile Recycling; presenter Oliver Heath; Keith Hall, Desso UK; Robert Barker, Cormar Carpets and Patrick Connellan, Cormar Carpets.