Recofloor is inviting entries for its annual 2017 Awards Event that recognises members’ achievements and dedication to the UK’s vinyl flooring recycling scheme. Entries can be submitted online at www.recofloor.org and winners will be announced at the historic Oval cricket ground on March 29th 2017.
Launched seven years ago by leading flooring manufacturers Polyflor and Altro, more than 3,000 tonnes of waste vinyl flooring have now been recycled through Recofloor back into new flooring and other products.
Alongside the Recofloor Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, there are several award categories which are open for entry submissions. The Contractor of the Year category acknowledges collectors who have demonstrated commitment to the scheme, while Distributor of the Year recognises distributors who play a significant role in the scheme’s success by promoting it to their customers. Two new categories are introduced this year, Project of the Year and Brand Ambassador.
Flooring contractors or fitters who regularly drop off clean good quality waste vinyl suitable for recycling at one of over 60 drop-off sites are recognised in the Drop-off Site User of the Year. While those who’ve gone that ‘extra mile’ to actively promote and drive the scheme could be crowned Recofloor Champion.
Gold, Silver and Bronze awards are calculated by the tonnage collected in relation to the average number of fitters the company employs.
One company that has embraced the scheme having won a Bronze Award in 2015 and two awards in 2016 – a Silver Award and 3rd place in Greatest Improver is Rudge Brothers & James. The Bristol-based commercial flooring company is motivated to ‘go for Gold’ after hosting Recofloor training for its staff.
Director Jim Heal says: “This valuable training has helped our staff to understand what recycling we’ve done and how we can take this forward. It has fired their enthusiasm for the scheme and what we as a company can achieve.
“Currently clean offcuts are sent back from our premises for recycling, but we are planning to engage Recofloor on site collections for our bigger flooring jobs in the future. Education is essential in helping to drive the scheme and bringing everyone on board with Recofloor.”
More and more flooring companies are requesting training sessions, according to Recofloor’s Project Officer Carla Eslava who says it is helping to steadily build volumes for recycling. Comprehensive training is offered to all members so they can collect and recycle their waste vinyl flooring most effectively.
Carla adds: “Each session is designed to suit the needs of those participating, whether as a ‘Toolbox Talk’ or a presentation and all aspects of how the scheme works are covered. Just give our friendly team a call and we’ll do the rest!”
Recofloor has 700-plus collectors and more than 60 drop-off sites across the UK and Ireland. Signing up is easy and further information about Recofloor is available from www.recofloor.org. Contact 0161 355 7618 or email [email protected].