The Fibre Recycling Symposium has been running since 2007 under the joint chairmanship of University of Bolton (UK), Georgia Tech (USA) and Kyoto Institute of Technology (Japan). However, in 2017 to make the event even more inclusive, the Textile Institute and Manchester Metropolitan University have joined the team to bring together an even broader spectrum of research and industrialists in the recycling arena. The extended platform will be used to disseminate and show case latest innovations in research and their practical implementation within industry.
Over 250 million tonnes of controlled waste is generated in UK every year. About 10% or 25 million tonnes of this waste are in plastic and/or fibrous form which is mostly destined for landfills. Much of this potentially “valuable” waste could be reused or reprocessed and fed back into production and re-fabrication if appropriate means of recycling, reprocessing and regenerations are in place. Although UK has recently been more active in recycling initiatives, much more needs to be done if pressing environmental issues regarding waste are to be taken seriously and responsibly.
The objective of this international Symposium is to build on the last five symposiums by providing a dynamic forum for exchange of ideas, exploring latest research findings and to generate international cooperation and dialogue in fibre recycling area and more importantly engage industry in taking a lead in exploiting emerging technologies.