Green stars revealed

RecofloorGoldAwards2014The winners of the vinyl recycling scheme Recofloor's 2014 awards have been revealed, including Mercado and Birch Distribution.

Mercado received the Best Newcomer for support in extending the scheme to its seven branches across the UK since joining Recofloor in June 2013.

Birch Distribution clinched the Long-Standing Service Award for its 'vital support to both the industry and Recofloor's outstanding success'. Birch Distribution was the first distributor to sign up to Recofloor and won the Distributor of the Year Award in 2012.

Lee Floorstok collected the Outstanding Achievement award which recognised its efforts in putting sustainable practices at the heart of its operations.

Carpet & Flooring, Manchester scooped the Greatest Improver prize, which celebrates the biggest year-on-year increase weighted by the size of the company concerned. It also won a Gold Award.

Progressive Floors of Camberley took the Drop-off Site User of the Year award for frequently using its local drop-off point with material collected mainly from health sector projects. This new category recognises collectors, nominated by shortlisted distributors, as using their drop-off point in an environmentally-friendly and efficient manner.

Distributor of the Year and a Gold Award went to Cardiff-based 3D Flooring Supplies for strongly promoting the scheme to local contractors and ensuring returned material meets the Recofloor specification. For the first time, individual branches are now eligible for this category.

Hull Flooring took Construction Project of the Year for integrating Recofloor into its working practices at a number of retail projects. The award also recognised its continued commitment to promoting recycling to clients, despite the challenging economic climate faced by retailers.

Having firmly embraced the Recofloor scheme and almost its doubling collections to nine tonnes in 2013, Norwich firm Reform Flooring was rewarded with the Contractor of the Year trophy. Bulking up large amounts of material enabled Reform to reduce its environmental impact with fewer collections. Reform Flooring also won a Gold Award.

This year, two Recofloor Champions, nominated by their employers, were crowned for their tireless promotion of Recofloor and encouragement of others - Jeff Abbott of Top Floors and Dennis Noakes of Fitwell Flooring.

Jeff's colleagues said: 'Without Jeff we would have never started recycling flooring. He ensures our fitters maximise what vinyl is recycled and that our skip contains no recyclable vinyl. We believe no one goes as far as Jeff to recycle our vinyl for Recofloor.'

Noakes, a key supporter of Recofloor since 2010, is driven by the belief that 'if there is something that can be done to help the environment, why not do it?'

30 firms received Gold and Silver Awards, calculated by the tonnage collected in relation to the average number of fitters a company employs.

Gold Award winners were named as: Headlam Scotland; Flooring Solutions (NI); Birch Distribution (Hull); Beds Flooring; Nutland Carpets (Chandlers Ford); Reform Floors; Top Floors; Mayfield Floors; Carpet and Flooring (Manchester); 3D Flooring Supplies (Cardiff) and Ross Hughes Flooring.

Silver Award winners were: The Axiom Group; Kent Flooring; Birch Distribution (Sheffield); Volante; Hull Flooring; MCD Wales; Pennine Flooring Supplies (Heywood); Ashmount Flooring Supplies; Fitwell Floors; Lee Floorstok (Liverpool); Breydon Flooring; PFC Flooring Supplies; STS Flooring (Orpington); Horne Brothers Carpets; Carpets 'n' Carpets; Branagan Flooring; Carpet and Flooring (Camberley); 3D Flooring Supplies (Swansea) and Hicks Flooring. A further 105 firms secured Bronze Awards.

Recofloor is the UK's vinyl flooring recycling scheme, founded by Altro and Polyflor, to divert vinyl flooring waste from landfill. Material is collected, irrespective of who manufactured it, which benefits the environment and significantly reduces collectors' waste disposal costs. Smooth and safety flooring offcuts are recycled back into new products, such as flooring, with smooth uplifted flooring being recycled back into traffic calming products such as cones and sign bases.

Pictured (L-R) and gold award winner Paul Stanton (Beds Flooring), Greer Winnington (Flooring Solutions NI), Mike Hodgkiss (Carpet and Flooring Manchester), Jeff Abbott (Top Floors), Patrick Pearson (Birch Distribution, Hull), Rhodri Dixon (3D Flooring Supplies, Cardiff), Anthony Francis (Mayfield Floors) and awards host Mark Lawrenson.