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Cushioned vinyl flooring installation off-cuts are taken back by Forbo’s Back to the Floor recycling scheme

Acceptance of this material type, including the Novilon and Novilux cushioned vinyl ranges, is a unique aspect of Forbo’s recycling initiative and the clean off-cuts can be re-processed for use in carpet tile backing.

Back to the Floor also collects and reprocesses smooth vinyl, Marmoleum and Flotex installation off-cuts for recycling back into new Forbo products – helping participants to save money and safeguard the environment.

Back to the Floor Scheme Co-ordinator, Matt Charlton said: "The ability to collect and recycle cushioned vinyl off-cuts, typically from domestic installations, sets Forbo’s initiative apart from other schemes and widens the recycling options for flooring contractors and installers.

"In turn, this also increases the sustainability credentials of new flooring products while also helping to divert more flooring waste from landfill. It’s a win-win for the sector as a whole."

Launched last year, Back to the Floor is gaining momentum with a number of drop-off sites already established across the UK and further ones planned.

Matt added: "The scheme has got off to a good start and people are working hard with collections coming in. We’re also involved in some large commercial projects which are helping to swell volumes for recycling."

Flooring contractors, installers and distributors can contact Axion on 0161 355 7618 for more information and to sign up to the scheme, which can offer potential cost-savings as opposed to landfill.

Registered Back to the Floor participants are provided with colour-coded polythene bags and bulk bags which can be collected from site, or dropped off at participating distributors, when filled with the specified materials.

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