Free recycling service

Window and door installers in Scotland can now take advantage of a free recycling service for their old, post-use windows and doors, which are removed as part of replacement projects, when buying their new products from CMS Trade.

The East Kilbride based company is the new trade window and door division of CMS Window Systems, which has been practising closed-loop recycling in the window industry since its inception in 2006.

By setting itself up with a complete in-house waste collection, separation and recycling operation, CMS takes post-use windows and doors from CMS Trade customers, whether these are timber, aluminium or PVCU frames, helping them to save £hundreds every year on waste disposal costs.

The Scottish Landfill Tax (SLfT) standard rate is currently £91.35 per tonne, which is why local authorities are required to charge commercial customers (as well as householders through taxation), and this can amount to a significant cost to installers over the course of a year.

CMS Trade’s recycling service is an important selling point for homeowners and commercial customers, who are increasingly seeking assurances that recycling is being undertaken wherever possible in the supply chain for building works.

Colin Torley, general manager at CMS Trade, said: “Recycling has become routine in our daily lives and, with the award winning facilities and processes we have in-house, there is no reason why post-use windows and doors shouldn’t be put to good use rather than being dumped in landfill. For any installer seeking to reduce their costs, this service has enormous value, but don’t forget the appeal to end-customers too as the demand for suppliers to be more sustainable grows ever stronger.”

For the last two years CMS has diverted 100% of its waste away from landfill, with 97% being separated and sent away to respective re-processing specialists, and the remaining 3% going to waste-to-energy plants to generate electricity. In 2017-18, this amounted to more than 2,800 tonnes of waste handled through a unique operation that has seen CMS win numerous environmental awards, including a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2017 and a Green Apple Award last year.