Veka Recycling is to build a dedicated plant to recycle PVC-u windows and doors in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.
The £8m plant is said to be the most advanced of its type in Europe, and will be ready to accept and convert UK virgin and post-consumer windows into reusable polymer.
PVC-u profiles will be processed to be returned for remanufacture as window profiles, sills and trims, as well as cable management and construction products. The plant will separate rubber, metals and other impurities from the PVC-u.
Veka Recycling is a wholly owned division of Veka Umwelttechnik, the specialist recycling subsidiary of the Veka AG Group. It opened its first PVC-u recycling plant in Behringen, Germany, in 1993 (pictured), with another opening in France in 2006. The combined capacity of the three plants will be more than 100,000 tonnes a year of PVC-u windows.
Veka Recycling said the plan showed recognition of the UK market’s importance after Brexit.
Simon Scholes, commercial director, said: “The Wellingborough plant will be built from scratch to take advantage of the latest recycling technologies that will give us the ability to produce the highest quality polymer for use in a range of construction products, including brand new window and doorframe profiles.
”We will have the ability to promote and deliver PVC-u windows as truly sustainable at a time when plastic generally is under close scrutiny, and to make the most of what is a tremendous resource.”