Environment Agency Moves to Ban Recycled Carpet Fibre Use in Equestrian Surfaces

28.11.23

Important news for the horse arena industry today as the Environment Agency moves to ban recycled carpet fibre waste use in equestrian surfaces.

As reported in the Horse and Hound, the Environment Agency is banning the use of carpet waste due to ‘uncertainty on chemicals risk, microplastic releases and non-confirming material contamination‘ from the recycled carpet fibre.

The briefing from the Environment Agency cites chemicals and micro plastics found in shredded carpet may have a negative effect on human and animal health and on the environment.

Dick Vethaak, toxicologist and professor at the Vrije University of Amsterdam, warns that synthetic textile fibres are a major source of microplastic pollution.

Research conducted by Anthesis demonstrated that carpets are made from a complex mix of synthetic materials such as polyester, polyamides and polypropylene. Carpets are made of several layers of different materials that are then coated with chemicals to make them flame retardant and stain-resistant. More than 59 hazardous substances have been found in carpet fibres, including toxic substances such as lead, phthalates, PFAS, fluorine compounds and metals. These substances pose various health risks, including developmental disorders, endocrine disruptors, asthma, reproductive disorders and cancer.

Full story can be found here – https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/waste-carpet-equestrian-surfaces-to-be-banned-841402