Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) returns to the Buying Groups National Flooring Show (BGNFS) on 17-18 May where the team will be available to discuss sustainable products, circular economy initiatives and offer advice on latest outlets for carpet and textile flooring wastes with retailers and manufacturers alike.
Through its 115-strong membership (a record high), 11 core funders and extensive outreach, the not-for-profit association is helping the sector to create new circular initiatives, having recognised a clear change in attitudes among key decision-makers towards sustainable solutions in all markets.
The CRUK team, on stand P260 in the Platinum Showroom at Flooring One, Cranmore Park, Shirley, is looking forward to updating BGNFS delegates on latest sector developments, updates on policy and legislation, and growth of their network to advances in treatment and technologies to process and recycle carpet and textile flooring waste.
CRUK Manager Adnan Zeb-Khan says: ‘We are impressed that the sector is moving forward with new technological advances for treating and recycling textile flooring waste and in some cases the ability to separate out different fibres and backing materials. We are seeing a growth in enquiries from companies concerned about the impact of their business activities, the amount and types of waste being produced, the desire to reduce this for environmental reasons and to help reduce disposal costs.
‘Manufacturers are engaging with us about how they are focusing on including more recycled content within their product ranges and designing products with reuse and recycling in mind at end of life. Raw material suppliers are also interested in how we can assist with promoting their products to our international network.’
CRUK thanks its core funders, who are Balsan, Betap, Brintons, Cormar, ege Carpets, Headlam Group, Milliken, Shaw, and Tarkett, along with new members in 2022 – Gradus and Furlong Flooring. The core funders are showing leadership within the sector on developing for the circular economy, helping their customers with sustainable ranges and through CRUK to reduce their waste.
Latest CRUK figures reveal that the industry is diverting approximately 65% of textile flooring waste from landfill. Around 430,000 tonnes of carpet and textile flooring waste arises annually in the UK.