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Recofloor celebrates new vinyl recycling milestone

A total of 6000 tonnes of waste vinyl flooring has been collected through Recofloor since the UK scheme was founded in 2009 by leading flooring manufacturers Polyflor and Altro.

No less than two million square metres of vinyl flooring have been recycled thanks to Recofloor. That’s enough material to cover 276 football pitches. This represents 7038 tonnes of carbon savings – equivalent to taking 1837 cars off the road for a year. The commercial waste vinyl flooring is mostly recycled back into new flooring.

‘It is a magnificent achievement that truly reflects the enthusiasm, engagement and commitment of our members. Well done to all our collectors!’ says Recofloor scheme manager Carla Eslava.

‘Despite the on-going challenges, our participants, contractors and distributors have continued to support and grow the scheme across the UK. Thanks to them, we look forward to celebrating our next collection milestone.’

She cites latest data for 2021, which indicates that a total of 578 tonnes of waste vinyl flooring was collected through Recofloor, saving 678 tonnes of carbon emissions that year.

‘As a co-founder of Recofloor, we recognise the important role the scheme plays in both manufacturers taking environmental responsibility for the materials placed on the market,’ comments Altro’s innovation manager Tracy Perry.

‘This major milestone has only been achieved by the sterling efforts of everyone involved; and we’re proud to play our part in advancing sustainability in this sector.’

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