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New carpet recovery scheme is on a roll at Barkers Lane!

As part of its continuing drive to divert waste from landfill and improve waste and recycling services, Bedford Borough Council is trialling a new carpet recovery scheme at the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) on Barkers Lane in Bedford.

 

Each year 500,000 tonnes of carpet waste is buried in UK landfill sites and businesses and local authorities pay in excess of £35 million to dispose of it this way. Until recently, alternative disposal routes for carpet have been limited but with increasing landfill costs and environmental responsibility the reprocessing options for carpet are growing and developing.

 

Bedford’s HWRC is already recycling over 80% of the waste taken by residents to the site and is one of the top performers for all HWRC’s across the UK. By introducing carpet recycling at the site even more waste will be diverted from landfill.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said “We are committed to continuing to reduce the amount of waste being landfilled by making it easy for residents to recycle as much of their waste as possible.

 

“I am delighted we are able to offer carpet recovery at Bedford’s HWRC which will help to protect our environment and reduce our landfill disposal costs saving the local taxpayer money."

 

For more information on carpet recycling at Bedford’s HWRC and to find out what other materials are accepted at the site please contact us on 01234 718013 or visit www.bedford.gov.uk/recycling.

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