Latest news from the Flooring Sustainability Partnership

About the Flooring Sustainability Partnership (FSP)

The FSP is a representative umbrella body on matters of sustainability for all flooring sectors in the UK. It is a voluntary organisation that relies solely on the input of time, energy, and passion of its members in bringing industry people together with government & local authority.

It has a key role to play, now and in the future, in lobbying and influencing government policy, and in co-ordinating, measuring and stimulating activity across industry to divert flooring waste from landfill, which still remains its biggest challenge. The FSP also provides a platform for opening up wider debate and driving forward sustainability issues within the industry, for setting the agenda for change and gaining widespread sector buy-in as part of this process.

This newsletter informs about developments regarding sustainability in the flooring sector and specific activities being undertaken by FSP members.

Welcome from the Chair

Simon Macaulay, FSP ChairmanWelcome to the first edition of the Flooring Sustainability Partnership (FSP) newsletter. As manager of a small business in the midst of a recession, taking on the role of Chairman will be challenging, but I think, very important.

In a month's time I will support Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) at a meeting with DEFRA as the government consults on banning carpet to landfill. The FSP, as well as the excellent CRUK, are working hard to coordinate a sensible view to government that reflects the needs of our industry but also understands the need to keep waste out of landfill - and carpet makes up 13% of all the residuals in waste tips at present.

Every six months, this newsletter will keep you updated on our progress, featuring news, events and resources from the FSP and its members.

Simon Macaulay, Managing Director, Anglo Recycling

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Viewpoint on Carpet Landfill Ban

Carpet in landfill

The Coalition has promised to consult on banning carpets to landfill during the course of this parliament says Simon Macaulay, Chairman of the FSP. Simon believes the big issue that he faces in his time as Chairman is to offer up to the Coalition a coherent position on banning carpet to landfill.

"The government has said that they want to consult on this during the course of this parliament - and we are already two years in", comments Simon.

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Shaw Industries releases Annual GRI Sustainability Report

US-based leading global floor covering providers, Shaw Industries Group Inc. issued its fourth Annual Sustainability Report in July, reflecting an ongoing commitment to best practice in transparency by meeting B+ Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) disclosure requirements.

The report, backed by a rigorous external assurance process shows how the company has implemented a programme of environmental responsibility and innovation - the Shaw Green Edge - across the organisation.

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CRUK reports rise in retailer recycling

Harrogate Show delegates at CRUK StandAn increasing number of retailers are signing up to recycle their carpet waste according to Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK). Alongside its work to develop outlets and end of life uses for recycled carpet, the industry-backed association has been working to raise retailers' awareness of the potential disposal cost savings and customer service benefits inherent in recycling carpet waste.

The CRUK stand drew interest from more than 125 visitors at the recent Harrogate Flooring show, where it was also announced that Flooring One, a subsidiary of AIS, has joined Carpet Recycling UK as an associate member.

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FeRFA recycling scheme reports success in first year

Since FeRFA, the Resin Flooring Association, launched its innovative recycling scheme eighteen months ago, the initiative has exceeded expectations and is on track to improve on its year two targets for waste reduction by over 100%. It has also been recognised by the TAF (Trade Association Forum) Environmental Initiative Award 2011.

FeRFA members who sign up to the Halving Waste to Landfill commitment have access to a complete recycling and waste management system including recycling services, waste handling advice and online guidance.

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Recofloor expands collection point network

Recofloor collection binsRecofloor, the vinyl flooring recycling scheme set up in 2009, has further expanded its coverage with the addition of ten new drop-off sites to its network across England Wales and Scotland.

The scheme, which picked up the Business Commitment to Environment award earlier this year, now has a total of 70 sites where flooring companies and contractors can deposit waste vinyl material for recycling.

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New carpet off-cuts recycling service

Anglo Recycling in Rochdale is now offering a recycling service for local carpet fitters' installation off-cuts in partnership with Carpet Recycling UK.

Using a dedicated plant developed by Anglo Recycling in 2010, carpet off-cuts can now be processed for use in non-woven products including underlay, which is then sold back to the flooring industry as a 100% recycled product. Under the scheme, retailers can dispose of waste carpet off-cuts at a drop-off point at the Anglo plant in Whitworth.

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BAL picks up Tile Association sustainability award

The past few years have seen the tile industry make significant progress in ensuring materials are recycled and procedures are pollution-neutral, with many Tile Association (TTA) members having implemented highly successful green initiatives.

TTA AwardThe Association recognised the importance of environmental sustainability within the tile industry at the 2012 TTA Awards in April, with the Award for 'Best Environmental Initiative,' presented since 2008. The awards ceremony, which took place at the Birmingham Hilton Hotel, National Exhibition Centre, saw four companies shortlisted for their outstanding contributions to improving eco-standards.

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Tarkett Partnership yields zero landfill

Flooring manufacturer Tarkett have pushed their landfill rates down to almost zero at their site in Lenham Kent, since forging a successful recycling partnership with Countrystyle, a local waste management company in January 2011.

Increased recycling has been achieved through the introduction of clear waste streams in a designated waste handling area ,colour coded tipping equipment, clear signage as well as staff training.

Tarkett's approach to sustainability is called 'Balanced Choice' and focuses the products and their manufacture, lifetime performance and end-of-life. Resource stewardship and recycling are two key elements of this and the achievement of zero waste to landfill is testament to the company's commitment in these areas.

For more information visit the Tarkett Flooring website here.

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The FSP is supported by: Lifestyle Floors, Contract Flooring Association, Carpenter, Desso, SATRA Technology, Shaw Contract Group, The Resin Flooring Association, Anglo Recycling, Headlam Group Plc, Building Research Establishment, Forbo Flooring Systems, Recofloor, Interface, Tarkett, Karndean, WRAP, Carpet Recycling UK, The Tile Association