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Flooring recycling boost

RecofloorThe Recofloor flooring recycling scheme has secured 'a great breakthrough' with a host of new members.

The scheme's recruitment drive has swollen the number of drop-off sites to 74 following the of nine distributors: Richards, Bristol; Richards, Southampton; Anderson Grant, Chelmsford; Alvin Morris, Liverpool; Mercado, Leeds; LGS, Gateshead; MCD Scotland, Uddingston; Christal Flooring Supplies, Plymouth and Bailey Carpets, Plymouth.

Recofloor, founded by Altro and Polyflor, diverts waste vinyl flooring from landfill by recycling smooth offcuts, smooth uplifted vinyl and safety offcuts back into products, such as new flooring.

Jane Gardner, Recofloor project manager, describes the increase in distributors as 'a great breakthrough for the scheme'. 'This is an exciting development, because it demonstrates the fact that the supply chain is working together to divert vinyl flooring from landfill. We now have a network of distributor sites across the UK, which means that there is a drop-off facility in virtually every area of the UK where contractors can drop off smaller volumes of waste. Following our positive reception in the South West, we now have all distributors in that region on board, which is fantastic news.'

'At Mercado we have been active members of both Carpet Recycling UK and The Flooring Sustainability Partnership for a number of years and consider the issues on recycling and diversion from landfill to be one of the most challenging issues facing our industry,' says Keith Yates, Mercado md. 'We are now pleased to add active participation in Recofloor to our sustainability activities. As the UK's leading floor covering distributor we are not only able to make all our regional collections sites available, but also our main hub in Leeds. Uniquely we will be utilising our existing back ship operations to transfer the collected product to Leeds for consolidation and transfer to local recycling facilities.'

The latest Recofloor figures show distributors boosted their share of waste vinyl flooring collections by 11% in the first three months of 2013. The 67 distributors at that time collected 42% - or 42.27 tonnes - of the first quarter's 99.3 tonnes. This compares to 31% - or 30.5 tonnes – in January to March 2012.

Gardner says it is clear that distributors are leading the way by providing convenient facilities for contractors to drop off their vinyl flooring waste and shows Recofloor's approach to bulking up small volumes of waste over larger geographical areas works.

'Drop-off sites at flooring distributors allow local contractors to deposit waste vinyl and this practical and popular solution collects smaller volumes of flooring that might otherwise be disposed of to landfill, while also saving on transport costs. Our aim is to increase collections from distributors by reaching and registering more contractors and retailers to use these drop-off sites. All Recofloor members receive a certificate of commitment and logo with which they can demonstrate their green credentials to customers,' she says.