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CRUK urges action ahead of potential policy change

Companies need to be ahead of the curve and work together on recycling, association says.

8th August 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Harrogate, United Kingdom


At the forthcoming 2022 Harrogate Flooring Show which takes place in the UK from September 18-20, Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) will invite the sector to build on collaborative momentum and act to reduce textile flooring waste and resource usage ahead of any potential changes to UK legislation such as extended producer responsibility (EPR).

The not-for-profit association is urging manufacturers, flooring companies and recyclers to engage with its network to collaborate in putting sustainable processes in place that minimise waste, save on costs and keep resources in the supply chain longer. The aim is to consider reuse and recycling at the design stages and to implement processes to retrieve them for recycling.

“Over the past year, we’ve recognised clear interest from the manufacturing sector in collaborating with our 119 company-strong network with a view to preparing for a potential future policy change where extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme could become a reality,” said Adnan Zeb-Khan, CRUK scheme manager. “While carpet and textile flooring are not on the immediate EPR agenda for UK government policy makers, we are encouraging companies to be ahead of the curve and work together with a shared interest to make potential EPR policies relevant and as fair as possible. We have the opportunity to help shape any forthcoming schemes and perhaps even develop our own code of practice policies to reduce any impact on the sector going forward.”

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