United Kingdom – UK-based Recofloor recycled 508 tonnes of vinyl last year – claiming this to be ‘a new annual collection record’ for the vinyl flooring recycling scheme, which has 650-plus members throughout the UK and Ireland.
Founded in 2007 by flooring manufacturers Altro and Polyflor to divert vinyl from landfill, Recofloor collects the material for subsequent recycling into flooring or other products, thereby reducing costs by ‘up to 70%’ and also benefitting the environment. To achieve its strong performance in 2015, Recofloor relied heavily on a ‘strong’ relationship with distributors who contributed 213 tonnes (42%) to the recycling total.
Contractors performed robustly with nearly 178 tonnes (35%) while construction projects generated just over 28 tonnes. Collections were also boosted by the Love2shop campaign calling on members to collect ‘smooth offcuts, safety offcuts or smooth uplifted vinyl’ through which they could win shopping vouchers.