VEKA Recycling has unveiled plans for a network of PVC-U collection stations to gather used frames from local installers around the UK.
The first unit was launched this month in Yorkshire and the group aims to have at least three more running by the end of the year, with many more to follow.
Each unit will collect post-consumer frames from businesses in the area before breaking them down for processing at its main recycling unit in Kent, ready to be turned back into new frame profile by VEKA.
Norbert Bruns, MD of VEKA Recycling worldwide joined UK MD Tony Cattini to officially open the unit, in Barnsley. He said: “VEKA Recycling is Europe’s largest PVC-U recycler but with units like this, we will be able to work with even the smallest of installation companies.”
Tony Cattini added: “Because we are prepared to go out and collect the used frames from the installer, we have made recycling the easiest option of all. And, with landfill charges running at £100 a tonne or more, it’s also a massive cost saving for any installer.”
The Barnsley unit will accept any de-glazed PVC-U frames –from any system, not just VEKA – at no charge and can collect van-loads from most parts of South and West Yorkshire, also free of charge.
VEKA has always led the field in environmental innovation, in the UK as well as the rest of the world. It launched the world’s first purpose-built PVC-U recycling plant, at Behringen in Germany, it designed the UK’s first ‘A’ Rated window and its acclaimed Infinity recycled PVC-U system has achieved a number of milestones, including first social housing contract and first domestic retrofit.
VEKA Recycling processes around 1,000 tonnes per month of post-consumer frames in the UK and that figure is continuing to grow as more and more in the industry discover the benefits of recycling their PVC-U waste.