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Carpet Recycling UK presents specifier focus at Ecobuild 2013

Changing attitudes to sustainability in specifying flooring and the latest resource-efficient products for new and refurbishment projects will be a key focus for Carpet Recycling UK on Stand S472 and at a seminar on March 7th at Ecobuild 2013.

A full information-packed CRUK seminar programme will highlight current developments in carpet recycling and how carpet materials can be used as a valuable new resource for innovative products and high-end applications.

Three thought-provoking seminar sessions will examine sustainable practices in waste carpet recycling, new flooring manufacture and specification, supported by CRUK, the industry-backed association for waste carpet reuse and recycling, in its fourth appearance at the London Excel Show.

A key speaker will be Robert Palmer, of Palmer Market Research who will discuss changing attitudes to sustainability in specifying flooring and findings from his recent Contract Floorcovering Market Report.

Emerging outlets for carpet waste, such as applications in new underlay and building products, will be covered by CRUK, along with Michael Walsh of Anglo Recycling and Nick Stillwell of Protomax.

Presentations on Green Carpet Products will introduce the latest sustainable flooring products that will be of interest to architects, specifiers and designers for a wide range of projects. Brian Murphy of Greenspec will be talking about specifying green flooring products and reducing wastage through efficient building design, while Bill McWhirter of BMW Associates will be highlighting developments in resource-efficient carpet tile design.

"Increasingly we are seeing a trend towards products that are resource efficient in manufacture and that have been designed to maximise the potential resource efficiency in refurbishment projects," explained Laurance Bird, CRUK Director.

"New technologies, many of which have been driven by CRUK members, have spawned products made from recycled yarn or products which have been designed to reduce the frequency of refurbishment. Carpet waste need no longer be destined for landfill; it is now a serious raw material resource," added Laurance.

CRUK is managed by resource recovery specialist Axion Consulting and was set up by industry leaders to develop viable solutions to the 400,000 tonnes of carpet waste landfilled in the UK each year. Landfill diversion has grown to 16.5% in 2011, but CRUK aims to hit a recycling target of 25% by 2015.

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