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National award for UK floor recycling campaign

Whilst more and more houses across the country are embracing different types of flooring for their homes, the matter of the waste products from their old flooring becomes more important. Now, a floor-focussed recycling campaign in the UK has received a prestigious award for its work in sustainability.

Recofloor is a national scheme, founded in 2009, that aims to recycle waste flooring materials and also promote a more efficient and effective use of the UK’s resources.

Within the scheme, waste material is collected and either used in new flooring products, or items such as traffic cones or the bases of signs. This gives strong impetus for companies within the industry to police their own sustainability, and gives homeowners peace of mind that the waste products – discarded in the name of refurbishment – are being put to better use than taking up space in landfill.

Their work has been so effective, that it has won Gold in the international Green Apple Environment Awards, and is even being considered as a representative for the UK in the European Business Awards for the Environment.

With close to 1,600 tonnes of material so far recycled and more companies signing up, the project appears to be gaining momentum, with commercial businesses and those involved in the supply chain signing up.

This scheme seems to suit homeowners or commercial properties that are keen to make the switch from vinyl to other variations, designs and styles such as laminate, or even solid wood flooring. From Cheshire to Chatham, businesses and homeowners alike are having to become more aware of not only their impact on the environment, but also the effect that simply discarding waste will also have on their financial stability.

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