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Flooring recycling scheme collects 'significant' tonnage in first year

Vinyl flooring recycling scheme Recofloor has collected and recycled 155 tonnes of vinyl and safety flooring off-cuts since it launched a year ago.

Following the success of the first year, Recofloor predicts a 15% increase in waste flooring collections and recycling equalling, 175 tonnes in its second year in 2011.

The scheme was founded by flooring manufacturers Altro and Polyflor to reduce the amount of waste flooring sent to landfill. The collected material is recycled back into new flooring products, traffic cones and traffic sign bases.

Sonia Baker, environment market manager at Polyflor, said: “We’re really pleased with the momentum and progress of Recofloor, and look forward to seeing the scheme further evolve with even more contractors and distributors on board and an increase in tonnages of waste vinyl flooring being recovered and recycled.”

Recofloor project manager Jane Gardner of Axion Consulting, agent for the scheme, said: “Having created a freestanding industry scheme, the next challenge was to develop a sustainable, cost-effective and efficient collection system. This is now a reality, with large volumes of flooring being diverted from landfill - benefiting the environment and reducing waste disposal costs for members.”

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