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
“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
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.