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Carpet recycling leaps

crThe amount of carpet being recycled by British carpet manufacturers has leapt.

New Carpet Recycling UK figures show that almost 6,000 tonnes of carpet waste was diverted from landfill by seven of its manufacturing members: Abingdon Flooring, Brintons, Brockway, Cormar Carpets, Forbo, Milliken, and Penthouse Carpets in 2011.

The seven firms achieved a diversion rate of 85% and a 50% increase on 2010 figures for industrial waste.

'A record breaking 4,983 tonnes, of a total 5,983 tonnes of the waste carpet offcuts were recycled to recover valuable fibres,' says Laurance Bird, Carpet Recycling UK director. 'The remaining 1,035 tonnes were used for energy recovery; the high calorific value embedded in carpets makes them ideal for energy generation.

'Its a tremendous leap forward and a great achievement for the group. All of these companies are expected to reach zero waste to landfill by 2012 with the infrastructure investments they have in place.'

Picture: Griffith Waste Management