Ecobuild 2012 proved a resounding success for Carpet Recycling UK – the not-for-profit membership association working to increase the recycling of carpets – with specifiers, entrepreneurs and potential new members featuring among the 180 contacts made at the London event.
CRUK’s busy stand and well-attended seminar programme highlighting novel re-uses for carpet waste also attracted interest from product manufacturers looking to use recycled carpet fibres, along with flooring contractors, local authorities, recyclers and waste management companies wanting to find out more.
"The three-day show provided an important platform to showcase sustainable re-uses for recovered carpet fibres to attendees from across the supply chain," said CRUK Co-ordinator Jane Gardner. "We attracted attention from innovators and companies considering using carpet fibres as a raw material supply in new goods, such as insulation and other construction products. There was also great interest in recycling post-use exhibition carpet, including an inquiry regarding the London Olympics."
Further creative and innovative applications for carpet recycling and re-use were explored during an information-packed CRUK seminar programme which covered key areas, such as eco-design for recycling, trends in specification for sustainable carpets and using carpet waste as a new resource.
Jane added: "Some 400,000 tonnes of carpet waste arises in the UK each year. Identifying new ways of diverting this bulky waste stream from landfill and recovering it for reuse is a primary focus for us as we move towards our target of 25% diversion from landfill by 2015."