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Waste managment at Flooring Sales

Ethan Gardner
At Flooring Sales, we have spent the last couple of years trying to clamp down on waste. As a company, we have dramatically changed the amount we are now putting into the general waste bin. The footprint of land fill rubbish and incineration waste has rapidly reduced and as a result, our yearly budget profited, proving it is cheaper to sort and recycle.

Sorting at the source

We are finding ways to utilize all raw materials that come into the company, sorting mixed to separate. Now through out the company, designated bins for
all materials are available for staff to use.

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Paper

Like a lot of companies we have not yet made the complete move to paperless systems, therefore paperwork does build up. Constantly adapting, all our paperwork that is no longer needed gets shredded and sent into the warehouse to be used again. The team use all of it to package orders. Ensuring every purchase is picked, packed, and transported safely.

Cardboards & Plastics

Cardboard is our most used packaging material. From boxes to simply wrapping goods for protection, we process and recycle a sizeable amount. In the future we aim to shred it for packaging, but currently we compact, bail and ship it to a
cardboard mill. We currently split our plastics into two categories, ‘Solid Acrylic’ and ‘Clear’. Both have separate pathways to be repurposed. Clear plastic is baled and shipped to be shredded.Solid plastic is baled and shipped to a plastic recycling plant.

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Ink toner

All of our empty printer cartridges are put in an ‘Eco-Box’ and sent away for recycling or refilling.

Today we face bigger environmental challenges, and it is desperately important that we do something about it. More so then ever we must stop calling unwanted material waste, the word in itself is so wasteful. Staff have been working together to find new and innovative ways to use materials which we now re-use instead of recycle.

Taurus project

Taurus is not just another product! Empty tubs can be returned to us and we pay £1 for adhesive tubs and 50p for primer/DPM tubs. Tubs are left to dry off any remaining residues and are then separated into their components, completely cleaned and sent for recycling (see picture on the left). Hopefully this will spark other companies to do similar.

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Upcycling project

In our workshop bespoke products are produced for customers. As a result of this we end up with a lot of waste wood, which is then donated to a charity organisation who turn it into furniture, animal fencing and planters for vegetables. In 2019 we made the decision to apply for a government waste license. This enables us to build up stock which then goes to the local recycling centre.

Future projects

Flooring Sales is devoted to finding new and more cost-effective ways to help both save the environment and further reduce the carbon footprint of the company. One of the biggest ways we can do this is to do as much in-house manufacturing/packaging as possible. Furthermore, looking into transport and distribution to the end user in the least impacting way on our planet. There is no such thing as waste if managed properly.

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