Encore Environment diverts over six tonnes of carpet tiles from landfill to local organisations in need

Encore Environment, one of the leading waste management and environmental consultancies in the UK, has worked with its client Paragon, an interior-fit out and refurbishment contractor, to successfully divert 4000 carpets tiles from landfill or incineration to 17 social enterprises, including charities, that needed new flooring.

Paragon has recently worked on a strip out and refit of Luton Family Courts located on Alma Street in Luton, which involved working across many different floors. Following its waste and sustainability strategy implemented by Encore Environment, the carpets tiles were identified through early intervention and an automated ‘Pre-construction Environmental Audit’ as a waste item that could be reused. The two companies worked together to efficiently remove the tiles for re-use and co-ordinated the transportation and collection for local social enterprises for free.

Rachel Rowley, managing director at Encore Environment said: “This has been a very successful diversion from land fill, and we were inundated with calls for the carpet tiles from local organisations. Overall, we were able to provide carpet tiles to 17 different causes! Our job is to help our clients decrease the amount of waste they generate and the impact it has on the environment. Not only has Paragon minimised landfill and helped communities with this diversion, but they were able to save 24% on waste costs with no delay to their schedule.”

Encore Environment used its social media channels to inform local organisations about the free carpet tiles, which led to over 30,000 views and a shortlist of 50 organisations.

Spectrum Northants, a charity that provides support to adults with learning difficulties and mental health issues is just one of the charities that has benefitted from the carpet tiles donation.

Paul Moore, assistant general manager at Spectrum Northants said: “We are delighted to have received these tiles! The charity will benefit from Encore Environment’s and Paragon’s generosity in improving the flooring of a new extension. The carpet tiles will be used as part of our expansion plans, which will be carried out next year.”