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The newest recruits, all part of the Mercado Headlam Group, are Richards, Bristol; Richards, Southampton; Anderson Grant, Chelmsford; Alvin Morris, Liverpool; Mercado, Leeds and LGS, Gateshead.

Other recent members include MCD Scotland, Uddingston, plus Christal Flooring Supplies, and Bailey Carpets, Plymouth who both signed up following a recent promotional bus tour organised by Altro in the South West. These awareness-raising visits included technical demonstrations and explanations of how the scheme works.

Nine new Recofloor distributors joining the UK’s vinyl flooring take- back scheme have added extra strategically-located drop-off sites to the national network, making a total of 74 drop-off sites across the country.

Recofloor, founded by flooring manufacturers Altro and Polyflor, diverts waste vinyl flooring from landfill by recycling smooth offcuts, smooth uplifted vinyl and safety offcuts back into products, such as new flooring.


AND IMPROVED WEBSITE With over 18,000 products available online from TradePoint’s new transactional website, tradesmen are going to be spoilt for choice this summer.

The launch of the new and improved now offers its one million plus members a wide choice of products, of which 8,500 are available for next day delivery to site, as well

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as a dedicated TradePoint members’ area where deals and the latest information about the local trade supplier can be shared.

The TradePoint website, which launched back in 2011, was previously non- transactional and was limited in terms of use for its members. The site has been significantly improved to help tradesmen improve and

Jane Gardner, Recofloor’s Project Manager, said: “This is an exciting development, because it demonstrates the fact that the supply chain is working together to divert vinyl flooring from landfill. We now have a network of distributor sites across the UK, which means that there is a drop-off facility

manage their businesses more efficiently.

Now, over 90,000 TradePoint members are active on the site, taking advantage of its many services and online deals, which are exclusive to the trade. Those not yet signed up to TradePoint are also able to apply online, rather than having to sign up in- store or over the phone.

Commenting on the update website, Trevor Culpin, Marketing Manager for TradePoint, said: "Our new and improved website has taken a long time to

in virtually every area of the UK.”

Latest Recofloor figures show distributors boosted their share of waste vinyl flooring collections by 11% in the first three months of 2013 compared to the same period last year. The 67 distributors at that time collected 42% - or 42.27 tonnes - of the first quarter’s 99.3 tonnes. This compares to 31% - or 30.5 tonnes – in January 2012 to March 2012.

Flooring contractors are also being encouraged to use the Recofloor scheme, which helps firms comply with Site Waste Management plans. Membership is also helpful for gaining new business as Recofloor is often specified as an outlet for waste vinyl flooring in tenders and contractors can register to have collections from their sites.

develop as we wanted our TradePoint members to get what they need – a user- friendly transactional trade website which offers next day delivery on a huge range of products. We’ve already had good feedback from our members and are looking forward to developing the site further as we add yet more products, and launch a smart app for tradesmen on the go.”

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