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Vinyl industry saves 7.5 tons of offcuts

by Ofentse Sefolo
Vinyl industry saves 7.5 tons of offcuts

Polyflor SA was rewarded the contract to supply more than 35 000m² of vinyl sheeting to the new 500-bed regional hospital in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The hospital, named in the honour of Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme, one of the first black lawyers in South Africa and a founding member of the African National Congress (ANC), is the largest hospital currently in development in South Africa.

In 2016, Polyflor SA launched the country’s only official programme that recycles vinyl sheeting offcuts generated during installations. Branded recycling bags are given to the company’s contractors for the offcuts, which are returned to the company’s head office in Sebenza, Johannesburg, for weighing, recording and collection by recyclers.

Tandy Coleman, CEO of Polyflor SA, comments: “Upon hearing of our involvement in the project through our networking at SAVA, and given the fact that it was literally taking place on their doorstep, IPC offered to assist us with the recycling of the offcuts at their premises. Their involvement in this project made the entire process considerably shorter and easier to manage.”

IPC is a family-run vinyl compounds supplier based in Durban. Established in 2010, they are one of the PVC compounders who supply their products nationwide, as well as internationally, for the manufacturing of footwear, safety shoes, gumboots, wire coating, floor tiles, electrical and plumbing fittings and for the moulding and extrusion industries.

“Although recycling of vinyl products is not a core focus of our business, we do encourage our customers to allow us to reprocess any, if not all, of their offcuts in view of maintaining a sustainable environment. Vinyl floor offcuts are a valuable source of clean, top quality material that holds high recycling value,” says Mubeen Siddiqi, CEO and Director at IPC.

For more information, visit www.polyflor.co.za, email marketing@polyflor.co.za or call +27 (11) 609 3500 to speak to Blythe or Wendy.

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