UK’s first dedicated carpet recycling plant opens

A facility that claims to the UK's first reprocessing plant just for carpet and carpet tile recycling has been officially opened in the north of England.


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The Econpro WDS facility, located at Upton on the Wirral, will serve the North and Midlands and plans to be operational in April. It will initially offer recovery of post-industrial carpets and tile off cuts as well as take back of fitting wastes and uplifted tiles.

All reprocessed materials will be utilised in the cement and asphalt industries – Econpro says it has developed an intellectual property portfolio with regards to uses for bitumen-backed carpet tiles within the construction sector.

The facility will feature robot-fed precision cutting machinery to enable processing of bitumen backed tiles and all sizes of broadloom materials including carpet edge trims and large pieces.

Econpro WDE, a member of Carpet Recycling UK, says that as landfill costs rise, contractors and retailers are being encouraged to consider options for recycling carpet waste.

Maxine Perella

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