Polyflor SA was recently awarded the Innovation in PVC Recycling Award at the VinylSA 2017 conference which was held in Sandton in June. CEO Tandy Coleman says she was proud and humbled to receive the award on behalf of Polyflor for the Polyflor Recycling Vinyl Flooring programme.

The company’s vision when launching the recycling initiative at the end of 2016 was to involve as many players in the vinyl flooring industry as possible to participate in this “zero vinyl flooring to landfill” concept. To date, close to 6 tonnes of clean vinyl flooring have been collected and sent to our recyclers for the manufacture of items such as pipes, cables, shoe soles, car mats and road cones, bringing Polyflor SA closer to their target of 15 tonnes by the end of 2017.

A number of Johannesburg based flooring contractors are participating in the programme and the company’s goal is to find recyclers in all major centres, enlist more flooring contractors to be involved and to turn this into an industry initiative by including other vinyl suppliers. The aim is to make this scheme self-funding and possibly even profitable

“Ideally, we would like to encourage specifiers to include recycling of project vinyl flooring products in the preambles of the Bill of Quantities. At the end of the day, we want to make this the only way vinyl flooring is disposed of throughout SA,” comments Tandy.

Roxanne Mancini, Editor at FLOORS in Africa would also like to congratulate the Polyflor SA team for making a positive difference in the industry.

For more information, contact Polyflor on Tel: +27 (11) 609 3500 or via www.polyflor.co.za.