Eurocell increases recycled PVC in extrusion

Eurocell, which claims to operate the largest PVC-U recycling operation in the UK, has reported 32% recycled PVC-U in extrusion in 2023, up from 27% in 2021.

Eurocell’s manufacturing processes blend raw PVC resin with recycled materials sourced from the company’s recycling plants located in Selby, North Yorkshire, and Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

In 2023 alone, Eurocell says that its recycling operations saved the equivalent of approximately 3 million window frames from landfill.

Sandra Gaspar, head of recycling at Eurocell, commented: “The increase to 32% in the proportion of recycled materials in our extrusion process, is a testament to our ongoing commitment to sustainability and demonstrates how we are leading the way in PVC-U recycling.

“By integrating more recycled content into our products, we not only reduce our carbon footprint but also provide our customers with high-quality, sustainable building solutions. We are helping the industry reduce waste and lower its carbon footprint, which is what we want our forward strategy to help deliver as we look to make further inroads in our recycling operation.”

Eurocell has set a target to increase the proportion of recycled PVC-U in its products to 40% by 2030. The company’s recycling initiatives also extend beyond its own operations and it is actively working with third-party sites to optimise material recovery and reduce waste, aiming to increase the percentage of waste recycled to 88% by 2025 and to 93% by 2030.

By offering collections from any UK site, Eurocell ensures that PVC-U waste is managed responsibly. The service includes all aspects of waste management, from collection and transport to documentation, with waste transfer notes provided to demonstrate responsible handling.