New recycling scheme

The GGF has partnered with Middlesbrough-based window and door recycling company CNC Recycling to launch a new PVCU recycling scheme for installers and manufacturers.

The new scheme will initially be rolled out across Scotland, Wales and the north and Midlands of England, with plans to expand throughout the UK as demand increases.

GGF Members together with Fensa- and BFRC-approved installers and manufacturers, can book to have de-glazed old frames and offcuts collected from site free of charge and taken away to be recycled.

GGF managing director John Agnew said: “It is enormously important that the industry is seen to be treating end-of-life PVCU frames in such a positive way.

“It is appropriate, therefore, that the industry’s primary representative organisation, the GGF, has launched this scheme.”

Fensa’s head of membership Chris Beedel said: “As a society, we are all becoming increasingly concerned by the impact of plastic waste on the environment, so diverting window and door frames from landfill with this scheme will not only save installers the significant cost of skip hire, but it will also be an attractive proposition for environmentally conscious consumers.”

Scheme participants will receive a certificate at the end of the year, recording the amount of waste material they have recycled via the initiative. The majority of materials recycled will remain in the industry to create new fenestration products.

Contributing to what is now widely known as the ‘circular economy’, end-of-life PVCU windows, door frames and virgin offcuts are re-processed to produce a recycled pellet, from which new PVCU products may be directly manufactured, or combined with virgin material to make new, bar-length PVCU profiles.