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BP 10 October 2016

DOORS & WINDOWS RESPONSIBLE POSITION With the World becoming ever more aware of the need for recycling, the actions being taken by pvc-u doors and windows manufacturers are putting other industries to shame. John Park-Davies has the details. It is all about commitment. Recycling the pvc-u from older windows and doors shows that this industry believes in leading the way in ensuring the planet gets as much help as possible, for the long-term benefit of the population ... and has done for many years. Having produced frames in pvc-u since 1973, Sovereign may justifiably be called a pioneer in the manufacture of the frames, and a specialisation in the commercial markets has seen the evolution of teams of contracts managers and supervisors that are intuitive in their knowledge of the public sector and commercial supply chain. Within this comes the demand from its customers for declared solutions to the disposal of old frames although surprisingly this remains patchy throughout the UK, with Scottish social 28 BUILDING PRODUCTS | OCTOBER 2016 landlords seemingly more conscientious. Our experience is that Scottish landlords are stricter across the board than others elsewhere in Britain but the demand for appropriate disposal of post-consumer frames is universal; what changes is the detailed brief of how they should be disposed of and the audit trail required. However, our own standards are strict and we insist upon knowing that the old frames and glass that we remove are dealt with responsibly and we recycle as a matter of course. We are now replacing first and even second generation frames and with 5.1 million social dwellings in the UK they have to be dealt with responsibly. Business is healthy, to a degree against expectations. The general thought was that once ‘Decent Homes’ was finished we would have to look at other sectors but we have not had to. The market has changed with fewer companies able to satisfy the ever-stricter requirements of social housing. Demand is growing with social landlords increasingly determined to improve the ratings of their estates, reducing the carbon footprints of their housing stock and improving the living standards for their residents and tenants. Thousands of windows and doors are simply wearing out, having reached the end of their life expectancy. Recycling can only go one way, and we need a reliable and professional partner to work with us on this immensely important part of our operations. That partner is VEKA Recycling. This progressive group subsidiary pioneered pvc-u recycling in Germany. Its sophisticated recycling plant built in Behringen in 1993


BP 10 October 2016
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