Bramhall Flooring wastes no time in praising take-back scheme

AN early adopter of Recofloor, Bramhall Flooring has reportedly demonstrated the ease of implementing the UK’s vinyl flooring take-back scheme to collect, return and recycle material from STI Poynton, an electronic component manufacturing site in Cheshire.

Deployment of the scheme in two phases at the company’s premises earned Bramhall Flooring the Recofloor Project of the Year Award 2020. The company was also highly commended in the Contractor of the Year 2020 category.

The contractor was initially engaged in June 2019 to replace existing flooring with 1,400sq m of Polyflor SD antistatic vinyl in 5100 silver grey at STI Poynton.

Large Recofloor bulk bags were placed onsite to collect the uncontaminated uplifted vinyl. Installation offcuts from the new vinyl were also bagged separately and collected from site for recycling. Unfortunately, within two months of the project’s completion the building was left under a foot of water after a nearby river burst its banks. Despite being cleaned, the new vinyl had to be replaced owing to concerns about possible water damage underneath.

In June 2020, the Bramhall Flooring team returned to replace the high-specification floor, this time in a ‘more serviceable’ darker grey. A turbo-stripper was used to uplift the vinyl without damaging the subfloor. As the floor had been prepared the first time, there were no challenges on refitting the new vinyl.

In total, about 18 pallets of waste vinyl flooring were recycled from both project phases.

Julian Normie, managing director at Bramhall Flooring commented: ‘We totally buy into Recofloor and it was easy to use Recofloor on both phases of this project. We rang up, asked for the bags and while we brought some back to our premises, most were collected from site as the project continued.’

He added: ‘We believe recycling helps the environment and doesn’t contribute to overloaded landfill sites. Using Recofloor also saves us money on skips. We have been asked several times to provide evidence that we recycle as this helps clients with their BREEAM ratings – and Recofloor membership helps us to do this.’

Flooring manufacturers Polyflor and Altro founded Recofloor in 2009 to divert waste vinyl flooring from landfill. Over that time, a total of more than 5,000 tonnes of recycled waste vinyl has gone back into new products – including flooring.
Operating across the UK and Ireland, the scheme collects post-installation flooring and offcuts from various projects in diverse sectors, from healthcare to education. Flooring contractors contribute to most collections.

Carla Eslava, Recofloor manager commented: ‘Bramhall Flooring is a great example of a contractor engaging with the scheme and promoting its ease-of-use on projects. We’d like to hear from more contractors on how they use Recofloor on projects and share their success stories.’
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