Recofloor’s unique, innovative and sustainable approach to the collection and recycling of waste vinyl flooring triumphed at the 2010 Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) Awards for Environmental Excellence. The UK’s first vinyl flooring recycling scheme won the highly-contested Innovative Practice in Waste Management and Resource Recovery (SME) category, just two months after celebrating the first anniversary of its nationwide launch in September. Recofloor was founded by leading UK flooring manufacturers Altro and Polyflor to tackle growing volumes of waste vinyl sent to landfill.
The award coincided with November’s record-breaking month of 20.25 tonnes collected in the first three weeks alone. Local authorities, distributors and contractors all benefit in terms of saving valuable landfill space, reduced disposal costs and accentuating ‘green’ credentials. Matthew Charlton, of resource recovery specialist Axion Consulting that manages Recofloor, accepted the trophy from journalist and newsreader Kate Silverton and David Thomas, Business Development Manager at BAM Nuttall at the London awards ceremony on November 18. The annual CIWM awards recognise and reward good practice in sustainable waste and resource management.
Recofloor’s Project Manager, Jane Gardner said: “It’s a fantastic honour for Recofloor to be recognised in an extremely-competitive category which attracted a large number of quality entries. Naturally we are absolutely delighted that the hard work of everyone involved in this successful scheme has been rewarded with this prestigious award. ”The Recofloor scheme is a unique example of two major competitors working collaboratively to promote the sustainability of their product - a major achievement and an important step for the vinyl flooring sector as a whole.
Vinyl flooring waste is diverted from landfill and recycled back into new flooring products as well as traffic management equipment such as cones and sign bases. Around 175 tonnes is projected for the coming year, representing a 15% increase year on year. Recofloor’s 242 active members across the UK and Ireland comprise flooring contractors, drop-off sites at flooring distributors and waste transfer stations, as well as construction projects at schools, hospitals and leading retail stores.