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Desson has won a CRUK Recycler of the Year Award for its impressive contribution to recycling.

Desso, a Tarkett company, has been recognised for its impressive contribution to recycling and presented with a Recycler of the Year Award at this year’s Carpet Recycling UK Annual (CRUK) Conference on 29th June.

In the UK last year, approximately 1.3 million carpet tiles were recycled and Desso made a significant contribution to the activity, recycling over 38% of the total – more than 500,000 tiles.

The awards, which are open to all CRUK members, champion organisations such as Desso that have developed, and are continuing to develop, new systems and processes to recycle fibres from carpet waste.

Each year, 400,000 tonnes of carpet waste arises and 70% of that is buried in UK landfill – a substantial amount, but the figure would have been higher without Carpet Recycling UK’s activity. Since the organisation was established in 2008 it has managed to successfully divert 567,000 tonnes of carpet from landfill to recycling or energy recovery.

Desso, a founding member of the not-for-profit recycling organisation, has been at the forefront of developing a number of sustainability initiatives as part of a shift towards the Circular Economy and Cradle to Cradle principles. This includes the Desso TakeBack programme ReStart, which is a closed loop recycling system for used carpet materials. The business also offers an end-of-life international collection service for all types, and brands, of carpet and carpet tiles.

Keith Hall, Technical Manager at Desso commented: “Significant progress has been made since Carpet Recycling UK was launched eight years ago with diversion of carpet from landfill following an upward trend. We’re proud to be part of the on-going success story and it’s great to be recognised with an award this year.”

Laurance Bird, Director of CRUK, added: “It’s great to see that Desso recovered more than 38% of the tiles last year – an impressive achievement by any standards and the award is well deserved. Increasingly carpet is regarded as a valuable resource that can be re-used in a variety of innovative applications and recycling at these levels is vital going forward.”

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