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Forbo’s Back to the Floor scores highly with schools


Published by Kathy Wilkinson for Axion Consulting in Education and also in Central Government, Communities, Environment, Local Government

Forbo's Back to the Floor recycling scheme Forbo's Back to the Floor recycling scheme

Forbo’s Back to the Floor take back scheme can collect waste flooring off-cuts from a wide range of refurbishment projects, including schools and hospitals, offering a convenient and cost-saving service for contractors.

The scheme can either collect directly from these types of projects or, if preferred, the contractor can take the material back to their premises to await collection. Marmoleum can also be dropped off free at Headlam Scotland and J De Bruyn depots.

Back to the Floor Scheme Co-ordinator, Michelle Brewer said: “During the school summer holidays, it can be a busy time for contractors working on flooring refurbishment projects when educational buildings are empty. 

“We’re expecting our collections of Forbo installation off-cuts from school, university or college sites will prove popular with flooring companies, saving them time and money while also enabling them to prove their green credentials by recycling responsibly.”

Marmoleum off-cuts from a current installation at New South Glasgow Hospital are being collected and sent for recycling into new Marmoleum flooring at Forbo’s plant in Kirkcaldy. The amount of Marmoleum collected for recycling in the first six months of 2014 has more than doubled since last year.

A new lower collection threshold of just one bulk bag provides greater flexibility on collections of Forbo’s flooring off-cuts, especially for participants working on smaller projects.

Around 70m² of Forbo flooring off-cuts is enough to fill each bag. This is equivalent to the fitting waste from a 700m² installation project. Each bag costs £15 when collected directly from site or £7.50 if collected from the flooring contractor’s premises. It’s a considerable cost-saving compared to sending the material to landfill.

This minimum one-bag threshold was introduced in response to feedback and requests from participants in the scheme.

Back to the Floor collects and reprocesses Marmoleum, Tessera Carpet Tiles, Flotex, cushioned vinyl and Project Vinyl installation off-cuts for recycling back into new Forbo products.

Scheme members are provided with colour-coded polythene bags and bulk bags free of charge, which are collected directly from site or a contractor’s premises. Marmoleum off-cuts can also be dropped off at participating distributors.

Tessera off-cuts are processed at the Bamber Bridge plant near Preston, while the Flotex and vinyl flooring off-cuts are processed at Ripley before being used as backing in Forbo’s Flotex and Westbond ranges.

For more information, call 0161 925 8760 or email


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