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Recofloor sets waste vinyl flooring collection record

2017 was a record-breaking year for Recofloor with 186,666sqm of waste vinyl flooring collected for recycling into flooring or other products.

This is more than 563tonnes of flooring that would otherwise have gone to landfill.

Collections from contractors rose by 10.5% compared to last year, diverting even more vinyl flooring from landfill.

Distributors and contractors signed up to Altro and Polyflor’s national vinyl flooring recycling initiative contributed 397tonnes (71%) to the total.

The majority of material collected was smooth and safety vinyl offcuts (533tonnes).

Since 2009, the scheme’s more-than 700 members in the UK and Republic of Ireland have collected 3,771tonnes of waste vinyl flooring. This equates to 1.257million sqm of material that has been recycled with 3,016tonnes of CO2 savings – an equivalent saving to driving around the equator 1,524 times ‘in an average car.’

‘Greater marketing efforts, including visiting 63 distributors last year with accompanying website blogs, had made an impact and encouraged greater participation,’ said Joe Gardner, Recofloor project officer.

He highlighted the example of Mike Doran, owner of Wigan-based MSD Flooring, who signed up to Recofloor last year after seeing the collection bins at one of his suppliers. ‘I felt it was a good idea to recycle the flooring – offcuts mainly - and the scheme works well for us with efficient collections. We do a lot of social housing work and collecting waste flooring also helps the fitters to keep their work sites tidy.’

Recycling, versus landfilling, waste vinyl flooring can reduce collectors’ waste disposal costs by up to 70% and also benefits the environment. Recofloor also collects roll ends, LVT offcuts, loose lay and uplifted smooth vinyl flooring.