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Annual Figures: Landfill diversion rate hits 16%

16.5% of all carpet waste was diverted from landfill in 2011 according to our latest figures. This is a signifcant increase on the 10% diversion rate reported for 2010 and represents excellent progress towards CRUK’s 25% by 2015 target.

The diverted 66,000 tonnes was split fairly evenly between recycling and reuse (32,000 tonnes) and energy recovery (34,000 tonnes), but the proportion sent for recycling and reuse has grown from 33% to 48% in 2011 with the development of more outlets.

"It's a fantastic achievement and testament to the on-going commitment and consistent efforts of all throughout the supply chain" says Laurance Bird, Director of CRUK. "It’s encouraging to see the growth in the use of carpet fibres for equestrian surfaces and felts, with 32 specialist outlets now contributing to these total diversion routes."

Greater press coverage has also built awareness of opportunities for carpet recycling; he adds: "CRUK's marketing activities at Ecobuild, Spring Flooring Show and Harrogate Floor Show have gained attention and enquiries from waste management companies and local authorities rose by 50% during 2011."

See a full list of Carpet Recycling UK's achievements in 2011 and targets for 2012 online here.

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