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Glazing and window replacement sector gets recycling boost

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the glazing and window replacement sector will be the latest to benefit from moves to make recycling more prevalent in industry.

Consultants Axion Recycling are to use Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) funding to identify convenient and effective ways of diverting material from landfill in a sector where many SMEs do not currently recycle.

While the majority of the material collected during the trial will be flat glass and PVC, it is hoped that by targeting other material such as metal, paper, plastic film, cardboard and wooden pallets, the recycling service will prove more attractive to businesses.

SME recycling project manager Liz Morrish said: “This trial is aiming to identify convenient and effective methods of enabling smaller businesses in the glazing and window replacement sector to recycle.

“The services provided will collect a wide range of materials for recycling and by doing so make it easier for these businesses to deal with their waste sustainably.”

Smaller SMEs will drop off resources on completion of installation work to four waste transfer stations in Liverpool and Manchester.

These will then be responsible for segregating the waste into different material types and also deconstructing window units.

Larger companies in the two Lancashire cities partaking in the trial will be provided with collection containers at their premises for recyclables.

Axion Recycling director Roger Morton said: “We are really keen to make this trial work as a demonstration for other companies in the windows sector. There is strong consumer interest in recycling and in addition the PVC industry has established the Recovinyl initiative which provides cash incentives to encourage PVC window recovery.

“We hope the WRAP trial along with these other factors will encourage more UK window companies to realise the benefits of recycling.”

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