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CRUK sees recycling coverage increase

HamiltonWasteCarpet Recycling UK is expanding its geographical coverage of the UK, offering the flooring sector more options for reuse and recycling of carpet and carpet tile waste, especially in Scotland. 

The not-for-profit membership association says the addition of Hamilton Waste and Recycling's facilities at Musselburgh, East Lothian (pictured) will provide beneficial sustainable treatment and disposal routes for carpet waste for Scottish flooring companies. A second outlet in Scotland is being assessed.

Carpet Recycling UK is also developing a new outlet in the north-east for England for treatment of post-consumer carpet waste and carpets from the automotive sector as well as in Merseyside for carpet tile reuse and recycling.

‘Expanding our carpet waste recycling and reuse facilities across the UK is great news for sustainability in the flooring sector. It offers flooring retailers, contractors and manufacturers more local solutions to divert material otherwise destined for landfill, thereby encouraging its reuse as a sustainable resource and recycling where possible,’ says Adnan Zeb-Khan, CRUK manager.

Non-woven membership is also growing with John Cotton Group joining existing CRUK members Anglo Recycling Technology and Edward Clay & Son. All three companies process post-manufacture carpet fitting waste for use in new goods.

‘’We’re building strong links with textile manufacturers who recognise the benefit of using clean post-manufacture fibres in new products,’ he says. ‘Our renewed focus on supporting members can help them to achieve even more in terms of sustainability, while benefiting from savings on their waste disposal costs.’

Founded in 2008, CRUK’s mission is to promote the diversion from landfill of textile flooring in the UK to a resource for sustainable use. Last year, 175,252 tonnes of carpet waste including carpet tiles were diverted, representing a diversion rate of 44%. CRUK’s target is to increase this tonnage by a minimum of 10,000 tonnes year-on-year.

CRUK currently has more than 110 members and its core funders are Cormar Carpets, Lifestyle Floors/Headlam, Brintons Carpets, DESSO, ege Carpets, Milliken, and Balsan.