A CLEAR majority of winners at Recofloor’s 2013 recycling awards were members of the Contract Flooring Association (CFA). The recent event celebrated ‘flooring recycling champions’ who were among the major contributors to Recofloor’s UK vinyl flooring take-back scheme.
Recofloor’s 470 registered collectors, including flooring contractors and distributors, were praised by project manager Jane Gardner: ‘Communication across the entire flooring supply chain has been crucial to the scheme’s success and continues to drive these remarkable achievements, which represent a big step forward for the sector as a whole.’
Since its 2009 inception by flooring manufacturers Altro and Polyflor, Recofloor has collected 1,259 tonnes of smooth offcuts, smooth uplifted vinyl and safety offcuts for recycling back into products, such as new flooring – an equivalent saving of 1,007,200kg – or 1,007 tonnes - of CO2. This total volume equals nearly 420,000sq m or enough to cover 58 football pitches. This year’s collection target is 600 tonnes.
CFA member Axiom Group won the construction project of the year award for recovering more than 37.5 tonnes of off-cuts over two years from the now-completed £400m development of North Staffordshire Hospital in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Another CFA member Mayfield Floors scooped the contractor of the year award because of its hard work in pushing Recofloor’s environmental benefits to fitters and clients. Recofloor assisted the Stockport firm with CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) compliance and helped it to divert 15.5 tonnes from landfill in 2012. Mayfield also won a Gold Award for the third year running.
Anthony Francis, Mayfield’s md said: ‘I’m very honoured and proud to receive this award. Even though we do a lot, there’s still more that can be done. It’s important not to be complacent and to always strive to increase recycling tonnages where possible.’
Distributor of the year went to Nutland Carpets which saved 16.25 tonnes from landfill.
FITA, the Floor Industry Training Association, which provides courses for all floorlayers across the sector, won the Recofloor specialist trophy for making the scheme an integral part of its curriculum.
Richard Catt, CEO of the CFA said: ‘This award is further recognition of the hard work and leading role that FITA plays within the flooring industry. We’ve been recycling all vinyl off-cuts for some time and always promote recycling to delegates as part of their experience at FITA.’
CFA member Kent Flooring Supplies scooped the ‘greatest improvement since last year’ prize for the biggest year-on-year increase weighted by the size of the company concerned.
Martin Brown, health, safety and environment manager at distributor Carpet and Flooring, also a CFA member, who has been instrumental in integrating the scheme into daily operations, was crowned Recofloor Champion.
CFA member Key Floors of Hook in Hampshire collected the Outstanding Achievement award which recognised their efforts in using the scheme across a wide range of clients.
The award for the ‘best newcomer’ went to Top Floors for having collected two tonnes of waste from a range of projects in a very short time.
A total of 44 firms, more than half of them CFA members, received Gold and Silver awards, calculated by the tonnage collected in relation to the average number of fitters a company employs.
CFA members who won Gold awards included Carpets ‘n’ Carpets; Hull Flooring; Ross Hughes Flooring; Mayfield Floors; Chelmer Group; Kent Flooring Supplies; Headlam Scotland; and 3D Flooring Supplies (Cardiff).
Silver award winners and members of the CFA were Craftsman Flooring; N&S Flooring; Alan Parker Flooring; Northern Floorcraft; Key Floors; Carpet and Flooring (Birmingham); 3D Flooring Supplies (Swansea); The Axiom Group; Carpet and Flooring (Camberley); Beach Bros; CB Contracts; Branagan Flooring; Birch Distribution (Hull); Birch Distribution (Sheffield); PFC Flooring Supplies; and Carpet and Flooring (Bristol).
The guest speaker who also presented the awards was Sky Sports presenter Gary Newbon.
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