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Recofloor, a champion for sustainability in the flooring sector, will be celebrating 10 years of recycling waste vinyl flooring in 2019.

Since its 2009 inception by flooring manufacturers Altro and Polyflor, the UK’s award-winning Take Back scheme has recycled an impressive total of 4,300 tonnes of waste vinyl material.

Set up with the aim of tackling growing volumes of waste vinyl flooring being sent to landfill, Recofloor now has well over 700 collectors throughout the UK and Ireland, plus more than 60 drop-off sites accepting waste vinyl flooring.

Smooth and safety vinyl offcuts and roll ends, uplifted smooth vinyl, luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) and loose lay are recycled back into new products, including flooring manufactured by Altro and Polyflor. The scheme is widely acknowledged as a leading example of manufacturers taking responsibility for driving sustainability across the flooring industry.

Praising members’ commitment, Recofloor’s Project Officer, Joe Gardner, said: “We are truly proud of our achievements over the past decade and certainly credit is due to all our members – flooring companies, contractors and distributors – who continue to work tirelessly to support the scheme.”

Recofloor’s engagement throughout the entire flooring supply chain is crucial to powering its success; helping members to save up to 70% on disposal costs while reducing their environmental impact.

Within its first five years, Recofloor had already won several high-profile environmental and innovation awards for its recycling achievements.

In 2011, more than 450 tonnes were collected during that single year. In 2013, the scheme was recognised with a Green Apple Gold Award for Environmental Best Practice.

By the time Recofloor reached its fifth birthday in 2014, the scheme had toppled a 2,000-tonnes collection milestone. 2015 saw over 100 new members join Recofloor and, by that year, the scheme had saved more than 2,000 tonnes of CO2.

Further awards recognition was to come, including the Award for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management in 2016. The following year, Recofloor broke through the 3,000-tonnes collection total and had more than 1,500 Twitter followers.

Joe added: “We’ve come a long way in ten years, but there’s still so much Recofloor can do to further advance sustainability in this sector and help our members improve their environmental credentials too. Why don’t you join us – and join in our 10th anniversary celebrations too? But more of that to come later!”


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