New record for vinyl flooring recycling across UK & Ireland

by Tania Wannenburg
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Recofloor, a UK & Ireland tack-back scheme, sets a new record in 2015.

The national vinyl recycling scheme, Recofloor, has set a new annual collection record by collecting 508 tonnes of material for recycling in 2015.

The take-back scheme, which includes over 650 members across the UK and Ireland, was founded in 2009 by flooring manufacturers Altro and Polyflor. It aims to divert vinyl floor waste from landfill, by collecting this waste and recycling it into flooring or other products, which can reduce the cost of its disposal by up to 70% in addition to reducing the effect on the environment.

To date, the scheme has diverted more than 270 000 tonnes of vinyl waste from landfill.

In total, distributors collected 213 tonnes of vinyl waste, which made up the majority (43%) of the 2015 total. 35% of the total waste collected (reaching almost 178 tonnes) was from contractors,  with over 28 tonnes collected by construction projects.

Recofloor attributes the increase levels of recovery to the scheme forming strong relationships with distributors and ‘engaging all levels of the supply chain’. Commenting on the 2015 figure, Carla Eslava of Recofloor says that they have once again exceeded 500 tonnes in a single year and they commend their members for this tremendous achievement, which they will be celebrating at their forthcoming Recofloor Annual Awards event on 3 March, 2016.

At the event, Recofloor members who have contributed the most to increasing the volume of vinyl waste being diverted from landfill will be presented with trophies and certificates. Speakers at the event include Richard Catt of Contract Flooring Industry, Ian James, President of the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers and Anthon Francis, Director of Mayfield floors.

Acknowledgement and thanks goes to http://resource.co for the information contained in this article.

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