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MUNICIPAL: West London HWRCs take the lead in carpet recycling

Carpet Recycling UK has produced a case study demonstrating that carpet recycling is both achievable and cost effective for London's Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs).

The study, funded by London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB), details how West London Waste Authority (WLWA) achieved cost savings of 14% as a result of introducing carpet collection facilities in six of its seven HWRCs since 2012.

London Waste WLWA worked with CRUK member Carpet Recycling Group to reprocess the carpet waste from HWRCs. Strategies to enable bulking carpet waste together for collection were key to making recycling cost effective as compared to landfill disposal. Other success factors included partnership working between HWRCs, on-site compaction equipment and clear signposting for carpet containers. These innovations have increased WLWA's overall recycling rate as well as improving its service for residents. 5000 tonnes of carpet were diverted from landfill in the two years since carpet waste separation began, with further rises predicted for 2014/15.

CRUK Manager Jane Gardner commented: "WLWA has clearly demonstrated the benefits of implementing carpet recycling at Household Waste Recycling Centres. We hope that this case study will inspire other waste disposal authorities to investigate carpet recycling further."

The case study can be downloaded from the CRUK website here.

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