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.

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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