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A collection and recycling solution to each stage of the life cycle


 PVC being a 100% recyclable material, the main challenge is to recover the material to be recycled at each stage of the product life cycle, despite the geographical dispersion of the deposits.
For each deposit, Gerflor offers a collection and recycling solution.



In 2018, Gerflor recycled nearly 50,000 t of PVC products, including 26,700 t in its French plants. These volumes are certified each year by the European certification body Eucertplast.
Gerflor is the only PVC flooring manufacturer certified by Eucertplast in France.


Second Life: an innovative recycling sector



In 2011, Gerflor implemented the Second Life program in France, a free program for collecting installation scraps and "clean" end-of-life products (not glued and REACH compliant).
This tailor-made program is adapted to the size and constraints of the installation company. He  also allows the collection of PVC products from competitors.
In 2017 Gerflor in partnership with Paprec (the recycling leader) created Floor to Floor to accelerate the development of second life :


Gerflor Image Floor To Floor


a joint venture dedicated to sorting and grinding of installation scraps and "clean" end-of-life products. The recycled material generated by Floor to Floor is sent directly to the Gerflor factories, where it is recycled in new products.
Floor to Floor’s goal is to recycle 55,000 tonnes / year from 2022, with notably the establishment of a new site in Rhône-Alpes.




Increase by 25% / year the tonnages of installation scraps and "clean" end-of-life products collected and recycled.




An ingenious solution for soil recovery « clean » at the end of life


A recovery easy to implement 




Reuse of sports grounds


Gerflor is the world leader in indoor sports floors and the historic partner of numerous international sports federations. For major sports competitions the floors are installed temporarily. They are then dismantled to be reused for other competitions or installed in other sports complexes permanently.






After the London Olympics in 2012,
100% of Taralay Security floors installed in hotel reception areas have been deposited and recycled in new Gerflor products.



Floor installed for the 2017 World Handball Championship in France


Floor permanently relocated to Sandefjord Handball Club in Norway


A specific sector for soil recycling glued or not REACH compliant




To date, waste mixed with other materials or incorporating components that do not comply with REACH cannot be recycled into new floor coverings.
On the other hand, Gerflor has set up, in collaboration with KALEI (the French union of calendering coaters):



To go further in recycling PVC floors


Gerflor is an active member of ERFMI, the European Institute of Resilient Flooring Manufacturers. ERFMI has launched several research projects to develop solutions for recycling bonded floors that do not comply with REACH:



Gerflor is an active contributor to Vinyl Plus, the programme that brings together the European PVC industry's voluntary commitments to sustainable development.
RecoVynil: This network connects recyclers and PVC manufacturers in Europe. Its objective is to develop and certify the recycling of 90,000 tonnes of PVC by 2025.


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