Annual Conference: Recycling successes and new opportunities
Carpet Recycling UK's eighth Annual Conference and Awards event at the end of June showcased the achievements of the sector's resource recovery champions at the home of Premier League winners Leicester City Football Club.
Innovative schemes highlighted during the day included carpet tile and broadloom reuse supporting disadvantaged people, recycled fibres turned into horticultural growing mats and waste carpet collected from retailers for energy recovery. Keynote speaker celebrity architect and designer Oliver Heath outlined drivers for sustainable design and how reuse and recycling concepts can be incorporated within aspirational interior design.
Around 400,000 tonnes of waste carpet arises annually in the UK, of which 31% was diverted from landfill via reuse, recycling and energy recovery in 2015. Looking towards CRUK's target of 60% diversion by 2020, director Laurance Bird identified future opportunities in energy recovery, the equestrian and automotive/leisure sectors. He emphasised the association's commitment to promoting design for recycling, identifying new technologies and developing more recycling outlets in line with circular economy principles.
Thanking CRUK's core funders Cormar Carpets, Lifestyle Floors/Headlam, Desso, ege, Milliken, Balsan and Marlings for their continued support, Laurance said: "In taking a voluntary producer responsibility positioning within the market place, they are recognised as leaders for sustainability within the carpet value chain."
Carpet Recycling UK also thanks Invista, manufacturers of ANTRON® Carpet Fibres for once again sponsoring the Annual Conference.
View the Conference presentations on the CRUK website here.
View Conference picture gallery at https://flic.kr/s/aHskCStzK8 (external website).
(Photographs by www.designphotography.co.uk)