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BP 10 October 2016

DOORS & WINDOWS OCTOBER 2016 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 29 remains the largest and most modern recycling plant in Europe and the company has pioneered the recycling of used and virgin window profiles to be returned for re-manufacture as new products, including window profiles, cills and trims, but also products as diverse as electrical conduit and kerbing. The company has ploughed on doggedly to ensure the growth of volumes not just in its home territory where legislation prevents the dumping of pvc-u in landfill, but in other European markets including France and Britain. The UK Company was established in 2007 in Kent and now has collection depots in the West Midlands and Cornwall, to where it transfers frames for recycling from factories and, in the case of Sovereign, sites around the UK for reprocessing. That the company shares the VEKA brand is almost coincidental as the business recycles any and all brands of pvc-u and serves many of the systems company’s competitors. Having an identifiable trail is very important. More of our clients are giving us a detailed specification for recycling all materials removed from their buildings. Recycling pvc-u is simpler than many materials and through VEKA Recycling we can easily demonstrate how we will recycle, where the material will go to and what it may be recycled into although of course, that is up to the extruders that VEKA sell into. But the fact that it will be turned into new products is more than enough. In fact many of our clients are surprised at how well developed the pvc-u recycling business is. Apart from satisfying compliance, recycling works from a financial and convenience perspective, with effective systems well established now for removing virgin off-cuts from the factory and post consumer frames from its installation sites. As a matter of course now wherever we are taking pvc-u frames out we put VEKA Recycling in. I have also noticed that the Scottish authorities are demanding in respect of their specifications generally, but especially their recycling. We can meet these detailed briefs quite easily, because it is an integral part of Sovereign’s culture and our dayto day processes. It is a matter of committing to dealing responsibly today with what we installed in the past. John Park-Davies is Sales and Marketing Director at Sovereign Group Having an identifiable trail is very important


BP 10 October 2016
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