Recofloor, who divert vinyl flooring from landfill, hit a new annual record in 2015 by collecting 508 tonnes of material for recycling into flooring or other products.
Founded by leading flooring manufacturers Altro and Polyflor, Recofloor has over 650 members throughout the UK and Ireland. Recycling, versus landfilling, waste vinyl flooring can reduce collectors’ waste disposal costs by up to 70% and also benefits the environment.
Recofloor’s success in engaging with all levels of the flooring chain continues to drive the scheme and it has built up a strong relationship with distributors who contributed 213 tonnes (42%) to last year’s total. Contractors performed robustly with nearly 178 tonnes (35%), while construction projects generated just over 28 tonnes.
Communicating how the scheme works through a number of trade events at distributors’ sites has been a key factor in encouraging greater participation, according to Recofloor’s Carla Eslava. Activities included a communication campaign with distributors to encourage the use of drop-off sites.
Collections were also boosted by the Love2shop Promotion in August when all members who raised a collection of smooth offcuts, safety off-cuts or smooth uplifted vinyl during that month were entered into a free prize draw to win £100 in shopping vouchers.
Commenting on the 2015 figure, Carla said: “Once again, we have exceeded 500 tonnes in a single year and we commend our members for this tremendous achievement which we’ll be celebrating at our forthcoming Recofloor Annual Awards event on 3 March.”
Flooring contractors, distributors and construction companies can book free tickets to attend Recofloor’s fifth annual awards event, which will be held at Old Trafford, the Home of Manchester United.
Former Southampton and England footballer, Matt Le Tissier, will host the event and speakers will include Richard Catt from the Contract Flooring Association, Ian James the President of the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers, and Anthony Francis, Director of Mayfield Floors.