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Vinyl flooring take-back scheme to launch this month

Flooring manufacturers Altro and Polyflor are launching the UKs first vinyl flooring recycling take-back scheme in September.

Managed by Axion Consulting, Recofloor will recycle safety flooring offcuts and smooth vinyl offcuts into new flooring. Uplifted or end-of-life material will be used in the manufacture of traffic calming products such as traffic cones and road barrier bases.

The scheme has developed through a trial funded by the Waste and Resources Action Programme to increase collection and recycling of vinyl flooring.

Recofloor project manager Jane Gardner of Axion Consulting said: Increasingly customers are keen to see their end-of-life flooring recycled. Recofloor participants benefit from compliance with Site Waste Management legislation and receive a certificate of commitment to recycling. Providing their green credentials can help them gain new contracts.

Participants in the scheme who register with Recofloor will receive bulk bags which can be collected from site once they are filled. Alternatively, the flooring waste can be dropped off at one of the 19 designated sites across the UK.

Altro chief executive Richard Kahn said: Thanks to the installation of the worlds first in-house safety flooring recycling system, Altro has not sent any waste PVC to landfill since mid-2007 and now we recycle 100 per cent of  our factory waste PVC.

Recofloor hopes to increase the number of drop-off sites available and recruit distributors to provide a drop-off point for vinyl flooring waste.

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