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Peoples to return as CRUK keynote speaker

Bob Peoples, Carpet America Recovery Effort executive director will present the keynote speech at Carpet Recycling UK’s annual conference in July.

Peoples (pictured), who spoke at the 2018 conference, will share progress in new technologies for PET and PP carpet recycling and what Europe can learn from these developments. He will also update delegates on trends in nylon and the use of pile fibres that guides future options.

Other speakers include Marcel Knobbe, Betap interim manager on the development of its 100% recyclable single polymer carpets that aim to close the recycling loop for carpet; Tony Spreckley, Envirocycle director covering carpet reuse and Glenn Mitchell, Designer Contracts, distribution manager at reporting on success in taking back carpet waste for recycling from commercial carpet fitting.

‘Our conference offers great opportunities to network and share ideas, best practice and success. With continuing support from our core funders, other members and the entire supply chain, we are driving hard towards achieving our target and continued diversion of waste carpets from landfill,’ says Adnan Zeb-Khan, CRUK scheme manager.

‘We’re looking forward to welcoming existing and new members to share inspiration in pushing carpet waste – and the valuable resources it offers – ever further up the waste hierarchy and delivering a true circular economy for carpet.’

The CRUK annual awards are now open for entries until 18 June. The awards reward members’ environmental sustainability, innovation and success in recovering carpet for new uses. The four award categories are Recycler of the Year; Reuse Member of the Year; Take Back Partner of the Year and Recycling Champion of the Year.

The conference, Sponsored by Invista, takes place at the Edgbaston Cricket Stadium, Birmingham on 18 July.

CRUK was founded in 2008 to tackle the 400,000 tonnes of waste carpet in the UK annually. Its core funders are Cormar Carpets, Lifestyle Floors/Headlam, Brintons Carpets, DESSO, ege, Milliken, and Balsan. In 2018, 175,252 tonnes of carpet were reused, recycled or recovered for energy; representing a landfill diversion rate of 44%.