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Authors: OH MEI YING
Keywords: Building
Project and Facilities Management
Seah Hsiu Min Eugene
2011/2012 PFM
Recycled carpet
Issue Date: 5-Jan-2012
Citation: OH MEI YING (2012-01-05). HOW FAR CAN RECYCLED CARPETS GO?. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: With an extensive use of carpets throughout facilities such as hotels, airports and offices within any country, increasing waste amounts and high costs incurred from disposing, it is practical and rewarding to research on carpet alternatives. This dissertation aims to provide an overview on how carpet is manufactured, followed by exploring the recycling process of carpets and the type of products that can be made from recycled carpets. In addition, the current recycling situation of Singapore is highlighted to uncover how the various parties comprising of carpet companies, consumers and the government are involved in minimizing waste through recycling. Keeping the objectives in mind, the research methodology is focused on finding the best way of recycling carpets, which is through closed-loop recycling. A case study of Weavepact and Tandus is presented to showcase the working relationship between a recycled carpet supplier and recycled carpet manufacturer. Interviews were also conducted with 10 carpet companies, to find out their knowledge on recycled carpets and whether they have an interest in selling them. Survey results signify that though carpet companies in Singapore are mostly involved in conventional carpet production or sales, they still expressed interest in the field of recycled carpets. This interest may be fuelled by building owners’ needs to satisfy BCA Green Mark’s requirements, which would ensure that demand exists in the marketplace for this alternative carpet form. The government can help by providing funds and setting up collection points to reuse carpet waste that would perhaps had been disposed away.
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