UK plastics recycler acquires PVC recycling plant

VEKA Recycling acquires Trafford Services PVC recycling plant in England.

June 11, 2014
RTGE Staff
Legislation & Regulations Plastics

VEKA Recycling has added a second PVC scrap collection and processing facility to its United Kingdom operation through the acquisition of Trafford Services (Midlands) Ltd, for an undisclosed sum.

Beginning in June 2014, Trafford’s 20,000 square foot warehouse, processing and storage facilities in Bilston, U.K., will be part of VEKA Recycling’s business. The newly acquired facility takes in post-industrial and post-consumer PVC window frame material, processes the material into smaller sizes and then ships it in 24-metric ton loads to Kent, U.K., where it is processed to higher standards of purity.

“Having this second centrally-located site means that local installers, fabricators and waste management companies can benefit from our reliable service with prompt payment for waste PVC frames,” says Tony Cattini, VEKA Recycling’s managing director.

“Trafford Services has worked closely with us since 2007, so the company is already familiar with our focus on getting the in-feed quality right and reducing contamination. This is vital in maintaining the high quality of our 100 percent recycled PVC-U pellet and micronized PVC-U (pulver),” adds Cattini.

The acquisition is the culmination of extensive negotiations and builds on lessons learned from VEKA Recycling’s pilot trial in Barnsley last year, according to a news release from VEKA.

“Having restructured our business and launched our pellet sales, now’s the right time for this strategic acquisition,” Cattini continues. “It’s also great news for environmental sustainability. With our VEKA model here in the Midlands we will be ensuring more waste PVC frames will be diverted from landfill for recycling back into new windows and other PVC-U products.”

Trafford Services (Midlands) Ltd was established by Managing Director Ken Higgins three years ago. It will be run by his son Brad Higgins under VEKA Recycling’s ownership.

Trafford’s sister company, Trafford Services Ltd, a recycling company based near Manchester, England, will remain privately owned and is managed by Dean Higgins.