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.
How Can You Recycle uPVC?
You need to do very little work when it comes to the recycling process, as we take on the bulk of it ourselves through our state of the art recycling facility.
By using our services, after we have figured out how we can best provide the best service to your company, all you need to do is start collecting up all of the old uPVC windows and doors, as well as the offcuts and extras you have lying around from the manufacturing process. You don’t even need to separate them out yourself or remove any attached mental components.
After collecting up your uPVC, simply let us know and one of our team will be there to collect it all. We carefully plan out all of our driving routes so that we can collect from a number of different companies at once, minimising travel and saving on emissions. Every little bit helps towards the planet.
Once we get the collected uPVC back to our facility, we shred all of the windows, doors and offcuts and then put it through a two-stage process to remove and separate metal and magnetic materials, before then reducing the size of the pieces and separating them out by colour.
After this, the uPVC will then be put through a pelletising process to create small round pellets of uPVC which can then be put back through the manufacturing process to create brand new uPVC frames and doors. The uPVC created from these pellets is unaffected from the recycling process and is just as hard-wearing and durable as any brand-new uPVC.
Recycling To Save You Money
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.
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.