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Environmentally Preferable Flooring 2012 End of Life2425In The BeginningThe challenge with recycling post consumer waste has been the logistics of retrieving the material, rather than actually recycling it. To try and tackle this issue and actively encourage more waste vinyl flooring to be recycled a working group was formed in 2007 with all vinyl flooring manufacturers on board and managed and coordinated by waste management company, Axion Consulting. Funding for this reclaim and recycle initiative came from WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme). Once the trial period and government funding had ceased, members had to decide upon the scheme's fate. Polyflor continued to run the scheme with another UK manufacturer and in 2009 Recofloor was formed. As a founding and funding member of Recofloor, Polyflor has helped develop the scheme into the success that it is today - supporting financially, driving the scheme through sales and marketing and logistically supporting with collections, sorting and ultimately recycling.Recofloor's ProgressSince 2009 Recofloor has achieved a great deal and is now the industry leading facilitator for efficiently reclaiming. 2010 was a real turning point for the scheme, which saw Recofloor winning the CIWM (Chartered Institute of Wastes Management) Award for Environmental Excellence in the category of SME Innovative Practice. Recofloor also signed up to the voluntary commitment 'Halving Waste to Landfill', which aims to half construction waste sent to landfill by 2012. Another great initiative was Recofloor's 'Cost Calculator', which allows contractors to calculate how much it would cost to send their waste to landfill, so they can see the savings they will generate by using Recofloor instead.Increasing the reclaimed volume of quality vinyl waste for recycling is continuously improving (a key challenge has been to educate members about the importance of the material they send back through the Recofloor scheme, avoiding contamination - not always easy on a busy building site). Volumes are up year on year, with 700 tonnes being collected since the scheme started (figure correct as at January 2011), saving 0.56 million kilos of CO2. This equates to driving the average family petrol car 1.6 million miles (nearly 67 times round the equator) or taking 138 cars off the road for a year.Many thanks go to our customers who have keenly taken advantage of this unique scheme, but getting distributors on board has certainly contributed to Recofloor's success. By acting as drop-off sites for their customers, distributors have increased the accessibility of Recofloor, making it even easier for contractors to dispose of their waste vinyl flooring and for Recofloor to collect and recycle it. Minimising needless drop-off and pick-up journeys also reduces CO2.Why Take Part?. Recofloor comes at an important time given the Government's recent legislation of site waste management plans. Customers are keen to see their flooring recycled at the end of its life . Certificates of commitment are awarded to impress and gain new contracts with their green credentials. Recofloor Awards - Gold, Silver and Bronze awards are issued to members who have significantly recycled. Recofloor specified as an outlet for vinyl waste in tenders. Could help achieve extra waste credits for BREEAM & CSH. Using our drop-off sites is free of charge for collections and timed collections there are nominal fees, but this could still save our members around 60% by recycling through Recofloor, rather than landfillingAchievements for 2011. 360+ tonnes of waste vinyl flooring were collected and recycled - that's enough to cover 17 football pitches. This is a 92% increase compared to 2010. Recofloor Limited was formed. Successful marketing campaigns continued, helping build momentum and recruit more members, both contractors and distributors. Launched Recofloor website. 'Bacon Butty' events held at various distributors to engage customers

2627Polyflor's vast range of products, technical support and best value flooring, means you can maximise your BREEAM score without any compromise on performance, choice or budget.BRE Global About the BRE & BREEAM Assessment MethodBRE (Building Research Establishment) Countless 'green' claims for building materials are constantly made, but customers want validation of a claim's accuracy, which is why everything we do is externally audited and if applicable, certificated. This includes our environmental standard, ISO 14001 certification and test certificates for VOC emissions for example. The plethora of environmental information required and available is probably overwhelming and confusing to most of us, so making the specification process a simpler one is crucial, thus freeing up time and resources whilst providing assurance that the selected materials and products are environmentally sound to meet specification requirements.There are many international schemes which assist specification of environmentally sound building materials, but the BRE (Building Research Establishment) Global environmental assessment reviews the environmental impact of a product from 'cradle to grave'. Using a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) approach over a building life of 60 years, materials are assessed according to their impact on climate change, water extraction, mineral resource extraction, stratospheric ozone depletion, human toxicity, ecotoxicity to freshwater, nuclear waste, ecotoxicity to land, waste disposal, fossil fuel depletion, eutrophication, photochemical ozone creation and acidification.The complex data derived from the given criteria is calculated into ecopoints, which are then represented by ratings from E to A+ with an A+ rating being the highest achievable environmental rating. Using these ratings sets a benchmark for environmental excellence and ensures that reliable and comparable information is available between competing products, eliminating the confusion of varying claims and counter claims, making specification much easier.BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) This is the most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings and sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design. BREEAM provides the following functions*:. Market recognition for low environmental impact buildings. Assurance that best environmental practice is incorporated into a building. Inspiration to find innovative solutions that minimise the environmental impact. A benchmark that is higher than regulation. A tool to help reduce running costs, improve working and living environments. A standard that demonstrates progress towards corporate and organisational environmental objectivesWhen a building project is undergoing a BREEAM assessment Polyflor can help maximise your BREEAM score, by using our A+ rated floorcoverings (A+ achieves 3 point credits and A rating achieves 2 point credits). We also have experience to help with any question you may have relating to your BREEAM assessment and have all the information and further declarations or certification you may require. Further product specific detail may include recycled content and VOC information for example. Regarding formaldehyde testing (EN14041), we declare E1 without any testing as there is no formaldehyde or formaldehyde-containing materials in our products.BRE has developed a free tool called SMARTWaste which helps implement and manage site waste management plans (SWMPs) in respect to the legal requirements. This can help achieve waste credits for BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes. Polyflor's customers can use the Recofloor scheme to recycle end of life vinyl flooring, which will help facilitate BRE's SMARTWaste plan.For more information on BREEAM, go to*BREEAM bullet points from