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Recycling threshold cut to drive uptake

Forbo2One of the industry's major recycling schemes has halved its collection threshold, paving the way for a increased uptake.

Forbo has reduced the collection threshold of its Back to the Floor recycling scheme to one bag, which holds 70sqm of flooring. Back to the Floor sees Forbo's clean installation offcuts converted back into new flooring products.

'By lowering the threshold to one bag, we are facilitating greater take-up of the Back to the Floor scheme across the flooring supply chain, especially for smaller installers and retail outlets. Volumes collected from smaller projects can all go together in one bag, contributing towards their overall sustainable goals. The lower threshold has been warmly welcomed by collectors, particularly by those with limited storage space at their premises and who may have struggled to store more bags. It also encourages greater participation, by retailers for example, as this is ideal for their requirements,' says Matt Charlton, Forbo Back to the Floor co-ordinator.

Since its launch in November 2012, virtually the whole flooring portfolio supplied by Forbo can now be collected through its recycling initiative, thus closing the recycling loop. The addition of Tessera Carpet Tiles installation off-cuts in November 2013 widened the sustainable disposal options for flooring companies, enabling 100% of Tessera carpet trim to be reused in the UK.

Back to the Floor also collects and reprocesses smooth vinyl, cushioned vinyl flooring, plus Marmoleum and Flotex installation off-cuts for recycling back into new Forbo products.

'Enabling collections from just one bag means even more flooring companies can join Back to the Floor, making it easier and more accessible for all. Collections are backhauled using the existing transport network,' adds Charlton.

Marmoleum is recycled into new flooring at Forbo's plant in Kirkcaldy, Tessera off-cuts are processed at the Bamber Bridge plant near Preston, while the Flotex and vinyl flooring goes back into flooring at the Ripley site.