8th August 2006
Reeds Carpeting has opened the UK’s first-ever specialised carpet recycling plant.
Situated at Deppers Bridge just off the M40, the depot is expected to be able to handle much of the industry’s total waste output, a figure estimated at some 12 million square metres or 6,000 tonnes.
“At the outset we will be taking the waste carpet we create as the largest independent carpet contractor in the UK, that’s about two million square metres a year,” says the company’s development director, Clare Reed.
“With our research programme, we now have a process for turning resin-backed cord into all manner of polypropylene products including flower pots, containers and roller-paint trays.”
Reed adds that the initiative was prompted by genuine concern about the rapid using up of the Earth’s natural resources.
“Sooner or later the exhibition industry is going to have to accept more stringent environmental safeguards,” she says. “One of the biggest challenges involved in carrying out these recycling programmes means that post-show pullouts have to be handled in a more systematic manner, so the right waste can be separated for recycling.”