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Financial and environmental gains from PVC recycling

More money can be made from recycling waste windows than landfilling them according to post consumer PVC recycler Shredtec.
A member of PVC recycling scheme Recovinyl, Shredtec pays £70/tonne for post-use PVC-U such as window frames and pipes that currently cost £42/tonne to landfill.

The recycler claims to offer the best going rate in the industry to persuade window companies to collect and transport their PVC waste, with its payments made up from Recovinyl incentive payments and selling the PVC and metal on to reprocessors.

As more first generation PVC windows are starting to come out of houses, volumes will grow, as too will pressure to dispose of them in an environmentally-friendly way.

Window companies gain through recycling as they are paid for something it is currently costing them dear to get rid of, said Shredtec managing director Ian Murray.

Since Recovinyl launched in 2005 it has recycled more than 10,000 tonnes of post-use PVC. The scheme has over 100 waste collectors and 20 accredited recycling companies nationwide and is supported by both the Waste & Resources Action Programme and the British Plastics Federation.

Recovinyl project manager and Axion Recycling co-founder Roger Morton said: We are encouraging specifiers to stipulate PVC recycling in all public sector new build and refurbishment contracts. This is starting to happen in line with Government green procurement initiatives. With the facilities in place to recycle waste PVC, plus incentives to help fabricators and recyclers, our aim is to substantially reduce the landfilling of this valuable and recyclable material.


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