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CRUK spotlight on new circular initiatives

Sector moving forward with new technological advances for treating and recycling textile flooring waste.

14th April 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Manchester, United Kingdom

Interiors, Sustainable

Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) returns to the Buying Groups National Flooring Show (BGNFS), taking place in Shirley, West Midlands, UK from May 17-18, where the team will be available to discuss sustainable products and circular economy initiatives and offer advice on the latest outlets for carpet and textile flooring wastes with retailers and manufacturers.

With its membership now at a record high of 115 companies, 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 is looking forward to updating BGNFS delegates on the latest sector developments, updates on policy and legislation and advances in treatment and technologies to process and recycle carpet and textile flooring waste.

“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,” said CRUK manager Adnan Zeb-Khan. “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 and the desire to reduce this, as well as reducing 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.”

Latest CRUK figures reveal that the industry is diverting approximately 65% of textile flooring waste from landfill. Around 430,000 tons of carpet and textile flooring waste arises annually in the UK.

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