Recofloor wins prestigious award
Axion Recyclingcontact supplier
Waste vinyl flooring collection and recycling collection
Co-inciding with the scheme having recycled its 1,000th tonne, Recofloor has won a Business Commitment to Environment Award for its sustainable and innovative approach to waste vinyl flooring collection and recycling collection.
The Process Premier Award trophy was presented by Sir John Armitt, chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, to Recofloor project manager Jane Gardner at the 2012 BCE Environmental Leadership Awards in London.
The UK’s first joint industry-led vinyl flooring recycling scheme, Recofloor was founded in 2009 by Altro and Polyflor and is managed by Axion Consulting.
Commenting on the win, Jane said: “Recofloor’s success has been very much a team effort involving Axion, Altro, Polyflor and indeed the entire flooring sector supply chain. We are absolutely delighted to win this award, which recognises our tremendous achievements in diverting ever-increasing quantities of flooring waste from landfill and puts this material to good new uses. To date, we have recycled some 1,000 tonnes – of which 190 tonnes are in this year alone, and this figure is rising by one tonne per day.”
Axion co-ordinated a recycling project based around a clothing store mannequin being made from UK household plastic packaging waste to highlight the progress British firms have made in re-using materials.
The Paper Recycling Conference Europe highlighted the need for incorporating future proof design concepts into the layout and operating principles of new Materials Recycling Facilities (MRFs).
National vinyl flooring recycling scheme, Recofloor has won a Green Apple Gold Award for Environmental Best Practice. Put together by by The Green Organisation, the Green Apple Awards celebrate and recognise the UK’s greenest companies, communities and councils. The Recofloor scheme was founded by flooring manufacturers Polyflor and Altro in 2009 and has recycled almost 1,600 tonnes of vinyl flooring to date.
The Axion Polymers Shredder Waste Advanced Processing Plant (SWAPP) has achieved OHSAS 18001:2007. The occupational health and safety management system standard has recognised that Axion Polymers’ safety systems and safety management practices are in accordance with International Standards. The OHSAS 18001:2007 accreditation joins the ISO 9001:2008 standard which the company gained earlier this year.
Increasing numbers of firms are recognising the environmental and economic benefits of recycling waste vinyl flooring through the Recofloor scheme. The collection scheme, launched by flooring manufacturers Altro and Polyflor, diverts material and installation offcuts from landfill for use in new products. It enables construction companies to achieve Zero Waste targets and helps with on site waste management plans.