Closing the loop / Circular Economy
We are closing the loop to build a circular economy
It starts with eco-designing flooring, with recycling in mind. We strive to develop products using recycled materials and that can be disassembled and recycled at the end of use. We have developed loose-lay and click vinyl tiles systems and taped and adhesives carpet systems to make flooring easy to install, remove, take-back, separate and recycle. We are exploring all technical means to enable more recycling and reuse as part of a collaborative circular economy within our industry and through partnering with others.
By taking-back flooring. ReStart®, a differentiator for Tarkett
We’ve built our take-back and recycling Restart® program in Europe, North America and Brazil to collect not only our own flooring but also flooring from our competitors. ReStart® helps our customers to manage their flooring waste from job installation, collecting off-cuts and used vinyl, linoleum and carpet flooring. Then we sort and select flooring that can be used as a source of quality raw materials in our own production process.
"We are always looking for a competitive advantage in our business. The ReStart® program, developed to move us towards a more circular business model, adds an advantage to our sales force and is a differentiator in the market place." Russell Bennett, Recycling Director, Tarkett North America
Innovative partnership to close the loop on the life cycle of commercial carpet tiles in Europe
A major breakthrough for the circular economy was made by fully closing the loop on the life cycle of commercial carpet tiles in Europe through a pioneering partnership with our supplier Aquafil (fiber producer). Our carpet recycling center at Waalwijk, Netherlands, can now generate two material streams (yarn and carpet tile backing), which can then be recycled and transformed into high quality secondary raw materials for the production of new yarn and carpet tiles.
By recyling waste from other industries
We also look for resources in other waste streams, which means exploring new opportunities, testing new materials, collaborating with different industries.
- Upcycled chalk from a drinking water distribution company in the Netherlands, which is used in our EcoBase® carpet backings;
- Post-industrial glass or marble powder waste material recycled for use in our Ecobond carpet backings;
- Post-industrial automobile shock absorbing waste material recycled in sports field underlay
- Recycled PVB from safety glass used in resilient flooring in Europe and in carpet backing in North America.
By recycling at our sites
We optimize the production cycle in our manufacturing sites, where we recycle our own production scraps. We have been recycling vinyl production since 1957 at our site in Ronneby, Sweden. Tarkett now has nine recycling centers on its production sites all over the world: Florence (US), Dalton (US), Ronneby (Sweden), Clervaux (Luxembourg), Waalwijk (the Netherlands), Narni (Italy), Abtsteinach (Germany), Otradny (Russia) and Jacareí (Brazil).