Setting up a UK-wide collection scheme for post-use vinyl flooring case study


Courtesy of Axion Group


  • Manufacturers developed technology to recycle vinyl flooring material but needed a sustainable and cost effective recycling scheme to collect small volumes of material from a large geographical area
  • High purity waste stream required to enable successful recycling
  • Aim to remove the material from the general waste stream and avoid landfill

Axion Solution:

  • Work with Altro and Polyflor to establish a workable collection strategy
  • Recruit a variety of collection sites across the UK, including drop-off points at distributors and trade waste sites
  • Implement back-haul collections
  • Engage the entire supply chain, from individual fitters to major contractors
  • Market and publicise the scheme


  • ' Recofloor™ vinyl flooring take-back scheme established with over 310 collection sites and 64 drop-off sites nationwide
  • More than 470 tonnes of vinyl flooring material collected to date and diverted from landfill
  • Regular press releases and newsletters issued. Exhibited at several leading flooring and construction trade shows
  • Winner of 'Innovative Practice in Waste Management and Resource Recovery (SME)' category at 2010 CIWM (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management) awards for environmental excellence

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