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Recofloor: ahead of the game

‘We’re ahead of the game,’ was the theme running throughout the Recofloor 2018 Awards at Liverpool FC’s Anfield ground which celebrated the environmental commitment of its vinyl flooring recycling champions.

Flooring companies, contractors and distributors received trophies and certificates in ten major award categories, plus gold, silver and bronze groupings, from host Kevin Keegan. These companies collected 563 tonnes of waste vinyl flooring through the takeback scheme in 2017, setting a new scheme record.

Keegan praised Polyflor and Altro’s scheme as ‘real recycling with an end product’, adding: ‘This is a great scheme; I’m very impressed. Waste flooring has to be got rid of. So if it can be put in a rubbish bin where it’s thrown out, or into a special bin where it can be recycled, why wouldn’t you?’

Underlining its commitment to the scheme, Anthony Francis, Mayfield Flooring md said: ‘Our founder, my late father Eric immediately saw benefits in the Recofloor scheme and jumped on board from day one. Recofloor brings many benefits, such as cost savings on disposal and reducing environmental impact. Everyone wants to help with their carbon footprint. As a company, we’re proud to say we’re doing our part. The scheme has definitely had a direct influence on my company securing a lot of contracts with local authorities and NHS Trusts who are also looking to further their green credentials with their sustainability targets.’

Congratulating the efforts of 700-plus members, Bob Smith, Polyflor technical director said: ‘Plastics and single-use plastics are hot news at the moment and we’re proud to be instrumental in recycling PVC flooring; we’re ahead of the game, not only in the UK but also in Europe! We and Altro invest significant amounts of time, energy and money into the scheme. It’s a large part of Polyflor’s sustainability system.’

Since its 2009 inception by Polyflor and Altro, Recofloor has collected 3,943 tonnes of smooth and safety vinyl offcuts and roll ends, uplifted smooth vinyl, luxury vinyl tiles and loose lay, which are recycled back into new products, including flooring. This total equates to 1,314,217sqm of flooring: enough to cover 181 Anfield pitches or to make 8,888,888 World Cup footballs.

The main winners in the seventh annual awards were Carpets ‘N’ Carpets; Birch Distribution, Sheffield; County Contract Flooring; Ryjock Flooring; SW Flooring; Fantasy Flooring; MSD Flooring; S&D Flooring; MCD Kidderminster and Mayfield Floors.

Barry Hall, Altro manufacturing and technical manager, said the ‘exceptionally high standard’ of this year’s entries made judging a tough task. Entries were judged mainly on last year’s achievements, while also recognising collectors’ significant contributions in various ways.

In his presentation Francis highlighted the value of Recofloor, saying: ‘In this industry, it’s important to have integrity and you can’t demonstrate that much more than in helping to save the planet.’

A Recofloor member for seven years, Carpets ‘N’ Carpets won Contractor of the Year and Middlesex Flooring was highly commended. Distributors play a significant role in the scheme’s success by extending their services to allow fitters to drop off smaller volumes of waste vinyl flooring at their sites. Birch Distribution, Sheffield was named Distributor of the Year and MCD Kidderminster was highly commended.

Drop-Off Site User of the Year went to Droitwich-based County Contract Flooring and Skylark Flooring was highly commended. For the second year running, Ryjock Flooring won Project of the Year and Middlesex Flooring was highly commended.

Mark Purnell of Fantasy Flooring was named Recofloor Champion and Jeff Abbott of Top Floors (East Anglia) was highly commended.

Greatest Improver went to SW Flooring with a 560% increase in tonnage collected compared to the previous year. JDF Flooring and The Headlam Group, Gateshead took second and third places respectively.

S&D Flooring Specialists took the Brand Ambassador award for the second year running.

Best Newcomer went to MSD Flooring and Fineweave Carpets was highly commended.

The Longstanding Service Award was presented to Mayfield Floors for its ‘consistent brilliance’ since joining Recofloor from the start, collecting well over 100 tonnes of good quality, uncontaminated vinyl flooring.

The Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to MCD Kidderminster.

Pictured are: Top left to right - Nigel Maude, Birch Distribution; Wayne Conlan, Ryjock Flooring; Andy Nichols, HFD/MCD Wales/3D Flooring Supplies/FAL; Anthony Purnell, Fantasy Flooring. Bottom left to right - Niall Kinsella, MCD Kidderminster; Steve Gregory, Altro – Picking up award for SW Flooring; David Reilly, Polyflor - Picking up award for JDF Flooring; Kevin Keegan; Tim Hodgkiss, Carpet & Flooring, Manchester – Picking up award for MSD Flooring; Anthony Francis, Mayfield Floors.