Is uPVC Environmentally Friendly?
With the environment and climate change becoming an increasing concern in both business and day-to-day life, many people are looking for ways of helping do their bit for the planet. However, unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (or uPVC) isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of recyclable materials, when that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Despite being very easily recyclable, it’s amazing just how many people don’t know that their old windows and doors can be recycled and put back into the manufacturing process. Because of this, uPVC can often end up in already overcrowded landfills when they could very easily become part of a closed loop recycling process.
Since setting up our recycling initiative in the UK in 2007, we have recycled over 10 million uPVC installations, saving over 1 million tonnes of Co2 from being pumped into the atmosphere. We here at VEKA take great pride in being able to offer an environmentally friendly way of disposing end-of-life uPVC windows and doors for home improvement installers, stopping the massive amount of plastic being dumped into already overfull landfills.
We have worked to ensure that our recycling works in a closed loop, with units being recycled by us and remade into new high-quality products that are able to be fitted for another 30-40-year lifespan. In fact, one uPVC frame could easily be used for over 300 years before becoming unsuitable for complete recycling. Realistically, this means that we can sustain the UK supply of uPVC indefinitely without having to make any more completely from scratch.
uPVC Recycling Process
The easy process will breathe new life into your outdated windows and doors. Our system can get up to 350 years use out of a single window thanks to the innovative techniques. Each profile can be recycled up to ten times, continuing the life of the window. The life span can reach 40 years of a single profile which can then be recycled and start life again.
Four Simple Steps
We recycle old windows and transform them in just four easy steps. With our fantastic low emissions vans, we come and collect your windows if you would like this option, or you may also drop them at our HQ if this suits you better. The collection involves planning routes to travel as little as possible and reduce emissions.
We are happy to use any off-cuts from manufacturing. The entire process can be discussed with you to find how best you can use our services. You won’t have to worry about removing any metal components or separate by colour – we will happily do this as part of our efficient service!
At VEKA HQ, we put the doors through a mechanical shredder, including uPVC windows, doors and any off-cuts. Metals and magnetic materials are removed in the next stage, including handles and hardware, so you don’t have to worry about doing this before we arrive. Our state-of-the-art machinery will then separate the pieces into colours and reduce the size into easy to handle pieces.
The compression stage is the final part of the uPVC recycling process. When the material has been organised into its relevant sections, our system will ‘pelletise’ the pieces. This filtration system transforms the uPVC into contamination-free pellets. The small, round pieces can be turned into brand new doors and windows for the ultimate uPVC recycling.
Benefits of uPVC Recycling
When you dump uPVC in landfill, both old frames and offcuts, that can prove to be a massive cost to your company as you will then have to spend more money on brand new uPVC units and actively affect your profit margins.
Additionally, tips and landfill often charge you a set amount of money to dump your offcuts and waste uPVC while we charge competitive prices that can vary depending on your location, amount and other factors. This means that you can get a better deal for your used uPVC through us than through your local tip.
As a society, we produce a significant amount of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. This affects our climate, pollution and can be detrimental to our health. VEKA is here to make a stand and promote a sustainable way of life.
Making a positive environmental impact, uPVC recycling is a fantastic way to take on the issue of plastic wastage. Landfills are become overrun with plastic, ruining the planet. We are proud to say our positive contribution has removed three million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions!
Our uPVC Recycling Mission
We are working to combat the public preconceptions of recycled uPVC by many companies in the UK. Despite their growing use in Europe, UK manufacturers still prefer new uPVC over the far more environmentally friendly recycled version despite having no difference in quality.
Over the next few years, we aim to increase the amount of home improvement installation companies who actively offer recycled uPVC windows to their clients as a selling point. This could massively help increase the demand for recycled uPVC and fight against product depletion.
uPVC Recycling UK
We would love to work with you to promote a greener future. Recycle your windows and doors today with VEKA.
Get in touch with us today by using our contact form. One of our team will get back to you shortly to see how we can help you.
Call our office on 01933 427750 and we will do our best to answer all your uPVC recycling questions.