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HECKMONDWIKE Shows Commitment To Carpet Recycling

Heckmondwike FB, the UK’s leading manufacturer of fibre bonded carpet and carpet tiles, has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by lending its support to Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK), a trade association which works to put the UK in a leadership position on recycling of end-of-life carpets.

Heckmondwike is one of the founder members of this association, which includes many suppliers and manufacturers to the flooring industry in the UK, whose aim it is to source environmentally friendly ways of disposing of carpet waste and post-consumer carpets.

Laurance Bird, environmental consultant for the association, explains: “We are delighted to be working with Heckmondwike and for their contribution to help us to reduce the amount of carpet waste that is disposed of in landfill. We are working hard on behalf of all suppliers to find a recycling solution for the carpet industry, as part of demonstrating the sustainability of this type of flooring product.”

Over the past year, Carpet Recycling UK has already helped to recycle more than 8,000 tonnes of carpet and carpet tiles and continues to explore even more opportunities. Most recycled carpet was shredded into small pieces, which were mixed with sand and other ingredients to create more flexible, all weather surfaces for equestrian use.

Carpet Recycling UK is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to provide practical support for carpet recyclers and raise awareness at policy level about the issues surrounding the recycling of carpets.

Carpets can currently be recycled in three different ways which includes re-using - giving a carpet an extended life by recovery and cleaning where appropriate, this is particularly applicable to carpet tiles due to their flexibility and natural high wear performance. Size Reduction – This is a process which reduces the size of the carpet to form a new raw material as feedstock for the plastics industry or equestrian surfaces. The third way is Energy Recovery - because carpets contain synthetic components which have a high energy value they can be used as fuel in cement kilns or for power generation.

Heckmondwike has achieved the ISO14001 environmental standard, which demonstrates its outstanding commitment to robust sustainable policies and practices within its business. The company has also recently achieved the highest possible rating by BRE Global of A+ for the sustainability of its products.

As Heckmondwike FB manufactures its products in the UK, this means that it has a much shorter supply chain and a reduced environmental footprint.

Heckmondwike FB is one of the leading carpet suppliers to the education and public sector and is well-known for its excellent value, durability and high performance of its products.

Email: marina@dragonflypr.co.uk


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