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The future is plastic

Plastics will be the new scrap metal according to recyclers Shredtec, who plan to invest up to £1 million in waste PVC window frame processing capacity.

The plans to expand and improve its Oldham-based site will be dependent on the success of its application for a Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) grant from the Construction Waste Recycling Infrastructure Capital Support Programme.

Shredtec managing director Ian Murray said the investment plans had been shaped around the quality of material the recycler had been receiving. With around 80% of the material coming from waste transfer stations, Murray said most of the material received was muddy and contaminated.

The new automated plant would allow it to take all waste PVC frames, regardless of their condition, and produce clean chipped plastic, ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Glazed frames would also be accepted on a free tipping basis.

There are two reasons old frames are going to landfill: logistics and the quality of the product, Murray said.

With no disrespect to other recyclers it is no good everyone kidding themselves and saying they only want clean frames. Thats not the way forward. The product is there as it is and you have to shape the plant around it, he said.

Currently able to process around four tonnes of waste PVC an hour, the new plant would increase this to six tonnes an hour. But the key advantage would be that no frames would be turned away, with Murray adding that de-glazed frames would receive payment of £70/tonne.

Shredtec, which believes it is one of the UKs largest volume post-consumer PVC recyclers, also plans to introduce mobile shredders allowing for large volumes of frames to be shredded at customers premises before transportation.



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