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Roof recycling scheme gets boost from Recovinyl trials

The commercial value of recycling waste PVC roofing membrane could soon be recognised in the UK following successful recycling trials run by a Recovinyl recycler. Advanced Roofing managing director Gordon Harris took samples of waste PVC roofing membranes, such as roll ends, offcuts and unusable sections, for trial reprocessing at Recovinyl recycler and road cone manufacturer Melba Products. The company uses 800 tonnes of recycled PVC a year to make traffic management equipment, including cones, signs and barriers. Although vinyl roof membrane recycling is established in Europe, no similar scheme exists in the UK. But Harris is working to launch one and is looking for a logistics partner to help start a nationwide scheme. He estimates that about 1.5 % of PVC roofing materials, up to a square metre in size, are sent to landfill. An effective recycling scheme could divert much of this material from landfill to be reused. However, he admits that material collection could be a major obstacle but said that he pictures cells of participating contractors in close proximity to each other saving waste material. When there is enough volume, it could be collected in a milk round arrangement and taken for recycling. Harris said: My view is that people who use the stuff will make this scheme work. Advanced Roofing currently recycles all its PVC waste. We know there are recyclers who will take all the membrane waste we can give them. If enough roofing companies take part, then Im sure we could organise a workable collection system. Melba Products purchasing director David Clegg said: We successfully processed some samples for Gordon and we think his idea has a lot of potential. We use 800 tonnes of recyclate a month from cable, flooring and auto interiors, much of it from Europe. Getting the volume is essential to make it practical and commercially viable.

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