Carpet Recycling UK is an organisation with seven members based in the UK that are responsible for stopping carpet from going into landfill. Last year, it was estimated that these seven members of the group stopped about 6000 tonnes from entering landfill. This is a particularly impressive figure when you look at the numbers for the previous years and shows a growth of about 50 percent since 2010.
Laurance Bird is the director of Carpet Recycling and he has commented, “This is a great step forward for everything that the group wants to achieve and we hope that in the future we will be able to stop any carpet from being sent to landfill.”
The group is run by Axion Consulting and was set up to find a way to reduce the amount of carpet that going to landfill. Before the group was established around half a million tonnes of carpet was not being recycled. It is expected that by 2015 around 25 percent of all carpet will be diverted from landfill.
Mr Bird commented, “Carpet is a very bulky waste and we are looking for more sustainable ways to dispose of it other than landfill. There are many ways that carpet can be recycled and it can be made into plastic, various textiles and equestrian surfaces.”
A member of the group is Cormar Carpets and finance director of the company as Robert Barker. He has said, “Since becoming a member of Carpet Recycling we have been focusing on how to divert our waste streams from landfill.
What we originally thought was a simple waste material we are now seeing is a useful product that we can use in a manufacturing process. Through our membership of Carpet Recycling we are going to be able to bring greater value to our customers and their businesses.”