Back on the road

Veka Recycling has reported that its fleet of collection vehicles has returned to the highways of England, Wales and, more recently, Scotland as the industry’s window and door installers open their factory gates again after lockdown.

Veka Recycling’s articulated, demountable forklift-equipped vehicles, together with 10-tonne box trucks, are completing their regular routes as installers get back to work installing new windows, doors and conservatories and returning the old frames for reprocessing.

Once received, the old windows will have metals such as reinforcement and hardware removed, with the frames passing through several stages before being supplied again as polymer to extruders for re-manufacture into a range of products. These include PVCU window and door profiles and others that include products for the electrical and building industry.

Veka Recycling’s managing director Simon Scholes said: “We were delighted when the phones began ringing with our installer customers telling us that not only were they back at work but that their hoppers were full of recyclable material that needed collecting.

“We have also been busy again collecting virgin PVCU frame offcuts from fabricators using all system brands, as frame production steps up again. It may be some time before volumes return to those before lockdown, but it is encouraging, nonetheless.”