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Innovate Recycle has opened the UK’s first carpet recycling facility in Northampton.

The Innovate Recycle team has developed a patented mechanical process which deconstructs polypropylene carpets, which make up 70% of the UK market. The process extracts the original polypropylene and calcium carbonate components, diverting carpets from landfill or incineration and reclaiming the component parts to be used to make a range of new products. Factory in Northampton aims to repurpose up to 20,000 tonnes of waste carpet a year.

Only 2% of the 500,000 tonnes of end-of-life carpet produced in the UK each year is currently recycled. The rest goes into landfill or incineration, both of which are damaging to the environment and increasingly expensive due to capacity restraints, taxes, and governmental legislation.

Most carpets in the UK are made from plastic and other materials which cannot be easily recycled. The factory accepts waste material which it then sorts and segregates. A line of machines deconstructs polypropylene plastic from the backing layer of carpets, before creating pellets, which can be used to make other products. That can be used in car body bumpers, storage containers and other products.

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