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Carpet Recycling to reduce the landfill burden
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Apr '08
Carpet Recycling UK has been formed as an alliance of carpet manufacturers who want to increase recycling rates. They are supported by all sections of the carpet value chain, including recyclers.

This new initiative was the idea of Kate Atkinson who has had extensive experience in the fledgling carpet recycling industry.

Kate is supported by carpet industry veterans Laurance Bird and Bill Tippett bringing broad experience in carpet manufacturing and supply across domestic and commercial end uses.

The strategy of Carpet Recycling UK is to put the UK carpet industry in a leadership position on recycling of end-of-life carpet.

Recent developments in UK mean that the time is ripe for take-up and growth of carpet recycling. Market evaluation has demonstrated that the cost of collecting and sorting residential carpets can be offset by savings in landfill charges.

There is already widespread demand amongst local authorities nationwide for this service, especially given the increase in the landfill tax escalator from April 2008.

In the commercial sector there is a growing demand from government and corporate procurement to ensure that end-of-life carpets are recycled and not landfilled.

Construction Site Waste Management Plans being implemented from April 2008 are also expected to increase the pressure for recycling carpets and tiles.

Carpet Recycling UK will develop a strong carpet recycling industry by:

•Raising awareness at government level so that appropriate support is available through recycling agencies and regulatory regimes.
• Creating a database of technical and market information and commissioning research to fill key gaps.
• Accrediting carpet recyclers according to environmental performance
• Providing a focal point for enquiries from members of the public as well as industry participants about carpet recycling.

Carpet Recycling UK


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