United Kingdom-based plastics recycling firm Veka Recycling Ltd. says it has invested 1.2 million euros (US$1.634 million) at its Kent, U.K., facility to allow it to produce recycled-content PVC-U extruded products.
The company says the new equipment will allow it to supply U.K. and European markets with PVC pellets made from post-industrial and post-consumer window frame material.
Tony Cattini, VEKA Recycling managing director, says the investment will help the company meet continuing demand for recycled content in new products with all the associated economic and environmental benefits for manufacturers and consumers. “It also underlines our commitment to progressive growth and development in this sector as well as continuing to offer a sustainable and reliable outlet for PVC window waste,” says Cattini.
“More businesses are recognizing the tangible economic and environmental benefits of recycling PVC and we have already had interest from a number of major players in the U.K. With our new push into the extrusion market we can now offer a closed loop solution in our home market,” he adds.
Simon Scholes, Veka’s business administration manager, says the company’s approach fits in with European PVC trade association Recovinyl’s “Pull Market Concept,” which involves both existing recyclers and new converters. The concept has been created to support the re-use of as much post-consumer and post-industrial PVC from the market as possible by stimulating the regular use of recycled material in production processes.
“This is becoming more widespread, with recycled PVC being used in new window profiles such as VEKA’s Infiniti, as well as other plastic building products,” Scholes says. “We will also continue to focus on maintaining high quality standards of waste PVC frames.”
He continues, “Quality counts when it comes to recycling waste PVC and feedstock contamination levels impact on the value of goods that can subsequently be made from the recycled material. We want to see old frames going back into new windows and this is achievable provided the quality is right.”