Attitudes are changing towards waste carpet. Alongside growing reuse opportunities, especially for carpet tiles, carpet waste is now regarded as a beneficial resource from which valuable raw materials can be extracted for reuse in a second life.
Uplifted carpet and clean post-installation off-cuts can be recycled in a variety of inventive and inspirational ways. Carpet edge trims and fitters’ off-cuts are used to manufacture felts for flooring, horticulture and the geo-textile, automotive and acoustic industries.
Entrepreneurs from a complete cross-section of manufacturing and commercial enterprises strive to push the boundaries of what can be achieved. Innovative schemes include the reuse of carpet tiles and broadloom supporting disadvantaged people, as well as recycled fibres turned into horticultural felts, and polypropylene fibres turned into recycled plastics.