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More retailers buy into carpet recycling challenge

CRUK Peter Steel of Linney CooperMore retailers are prepared to take on the challenge of recycling waste carpet that can potentially help them to make substantial cost savings while improving their service to customers.

Laurance Bird, Carpet Recycling UK director says there had been a ‘noticeable increase’ in enquiries at The Flooring Show from companies looking to reduce their costs and gain green credentials through a sustainable disposal route for both uplifted carpet and post-installation offcuts.
‘Larger retailers or contractors paying more than £500 per month for carpet waste disposal can reap the benefits. Up to 30% savings are feasible if carpets are segregated and baled, which adds up to considerable savings over a year. Our many success stories demonstrate this,’ he says.
CR-UK’s stand and two seminars providing practical advice and tips on how to recycle carpets attracted more than 100 delegates. CR-UK member Kenburn Waste Management was also exhibiting and received several orders for its ‘carpet crusher’ at the show. This machine compacts carpet waste with a 4:1 ratio, greatly reducing its bulk to save on transport costs associated with recycling it.
Simon Wells, Kenburn sales manager at Kenburn revealed how companies generating an average two or three tonnes of waste carpet per week could achieve annual savings up to £8,000-£10,000 a year. ‘The cost to landfill waste is now an average £130 per tonne – a staggering 270% rise over nine years. Recycling carpet not only makes economic and environmental sense, it improves housekeeping and also tells a great story’, he says.
‘The reuse and recycling of waste carpet across the UK continues to rise year on year. It is very encouraging that more retailers are willing to join us on this journey to greater sustainability,’ says Bird.
Linney Cooper’s Peter Steel (pictured) outlined to visitors the thought processes and steps retailers should consider to make recycling work for them. ‘We need to change the way we look at our waste, where it goes to and what we can do about it. Organisations such as Carpet Recycling UK can help you dispose of carpet waste more responsibly – and save money,’ he says.