Recycling could save retailers up to 30% on waste disposal
Over the three day Harrogate Flooring Show last month, Carpet Recycling UK's stand and two seminars offered practical advice on recycling waste carpet, attracting over 100 delegates. CRUK director Laurance Bird explained the growth in retailer interest: "Larger retailers or contractors paying more than £500 per month for carpet waste disposal could save up to 30% if carpets are segregated and baled. Our many success stories demonstrate this."
In one seminar, Simon Wells, Sales Manager at Kenburn revealed that companies generating an average two or three tonnes of waste carpet per week could achieve annual savings up to £10,000 a year. "Landfill now costs an average £130 per tonne - a staggering 270% rise over nine years. Recycling carpet makes economic and environmental sense and also tells a great story!"
Peter Steel of CRUK member company Linney Cooper (pictured) outlined steps for retailers to make recycling work in another session: "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."
Core funding support from Cormar Carpets, Lifestyle Floors/Headlam, Desso, ege, Milliken, Balsan and Marlings enables CRUK to continue to drive solutions for annual 400,000 tonnes of waste carpet that arise in the UK every year. Laurance added: "The reuse and recycling of waste carpet continues to rise. It's very encouraging that more retailers are willing to join us on this journey to greater sustainability."
Seminar presentations are available to download here.