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EXTRARECYCLING Recycling goes nationwide for small installers VEKA Recycling has unveiled plans for a network of PVC-U collection stations to gather used frames from local installers around the UK. The first unit was launched this month in Yorkshire and the group aims to have at least three more running by the end of the year. Each unit will collect postconsumer frames from businesses in the area before breaking them down for processing at its main recycling unit in Kent, ready to be turned back into new frame profile by VEKA. ‘Europe’s largest’ Norbert Bruns, MD of VEKA Recycling worldwide joined UK MD Tony Cattini to officially open the unit, in Barnsley. He said: “VEKA Recycling is Europe’s largest PVC-U recycler but with units like this, we will be able to (l to r) VEKA Recycling Sales Manager Andrew Neal, Norbert Bruns, Tony Cattini and Business Development Manager Anthony Clifford at the new Barnsley depot. work with even the smallest of installation companies.” Tony Cattini added: “Because we are prepared to go out and collect the used frames from the installer, we have made recycling the easiest option of all. And, with landfill charges running at £100 a tonne or more, it’s also a massive cost saving for any installer.” Simon Scholes, VEKA Recycling, SKIP COSTS INCREASED AGAIN ON APRIL 1st Due to yet another 15% increase in landfill tax, skip costs increased again on April 1st. Landfill tax has now risen by a staggering 200% over the past six years and will continue to increase at the same level for the foreseeable future. Understandably skip companies are reluctant to advise their customers on waste minimisation initiatives as the more collections they make the more money they make! Kenburn Waste Management Ltd established in 1987 are a UK market leader and specialise in advising the fenestration industry on the most cost effective ways of processing their waste providing solutions that are guaranteed to save money, significantly reducing skip costs and enabling customers to become more “environmentally friendly”. To arrange a free of charge no obligation waste survey please contact Kenburn Waste Management on 01727 844988 or email A New Recycling Record VinylPlus, the European PVC industry sustainable development programme, had a record 362,076 tonnes of PVC recycled last year, keeping it on track to meet the challenge of recycling 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020. A more comprehensive and wider scope for what constitutes ‘recycled PVC’ has been adopted to include post-consumer and limited types of post-industrial PVC, as well as some of the regulated waste streams in the EU. Innovative technologies to recycle difficult-to-treat PVC waste are currently under evaluation and significant efforts were made to address the ‘legacy additives’ issue related to the presence of restricted chemicals in recycled PVC. The 2012 results were presented at the Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2013 in Istanbul. Echoing words from the EU Environment Commissioner, VinylPlus Chairman Filipe Constant said the industry “is effectively moving from a model of resource consumption that follows a ‘take-make-use-throw away’ linear pattern into a truly circular economy model, which puts end-of-life materials back into the production stream extending the added-value of PVC’s inherent durability and versatility.” In 2012 VinylPlus registered a decrease of 76.37% in lead stabiliser consumption in the EU-27 compared to 2007 levels, well on track to complete the substitution by the end of 2015. The new audit on the ‘PVC Industry Charters’ showed a 96% full compliance. A VinylPlus product label concept for PVC products has been developed in collaboration with The Natural Step, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), and the UK expert certification body Building Research Establishment (BRE). ‘take-make-usethrow away’ 70 THE MAY 2013 ISSUE SPONSORED BY DURAFLEX To read more, visit