Recycling initiative diverts tonnes of vinyl flooring from landfills

by Ofentse Sefolo
Recycling initiative diverts tonnes of vinyl flooring from landfills

Towards the end of 2016, Polyflor SA launched a flooring recycling initiative. Since the launch, they have successfully diverted over four tonnes of vinyl floor off-cuts from local landfills. Instead, the off-cuts generated during the installation of vinyl floors are sent to recyclers for use in the manufacture of rigid and flexible products such as pipes, cables, shoe soles and car mats.

CEO of Polyflor SA, Tandy Coleman, says the project is of great environmental significance.

“Good quality, clean materials that are void of any glues or substances can now be used to create new products with a useful service life instead of ending up in landfill or polluting the atmosphere,” says Tandy.

Polyflor SA aims to increase their recycling rate by 100% by the end of 2017, which will have a significant impact on SAVA’s aim of increasing the recycling of post-consumer PVC-P to 15 000mt per annum, and the recycling of post-consumer PVC-U to 10 000mt per annum.

“We applaud this initiative by Polyflor that not only helps to increase the awareness that PVC is recyclable, but also delivers tangible and impressive results in a very short time frame when it comes to collecting and recycling end-of-life PVC,” commented SAVA CEO, Delanie Bezuidenhout.

For more information, visit www.polyflor.co.za or call +27(11) 609 3500.

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