Eurocell plc, the UK’s leading manufacturer, distributor and recycler of PVC-U window and door systems, has announced that it processed the equivalent of 3.2 million PVC-U window frames during 2019 – a year-on-year increase of 8%.
Having invested millions over recent years in developing the capabilities of its recycling facilities, the company was able to stop tens of thousands of tonnes of PVC-U from ending up in landfill – approximately the same weight as 3,700 double-decker buses.
Eurocell has continuously upgraded the capabilities of its Ilkeston and Selby-based recycling operations since 2009. Eurocell Recycle, which employs 150 people, is the largest operation of its kind in the UK.
The facilities allow the entire lifespan of a window profile to become more sustainable. When windows reach the end of their life, they are shredded, granulated and micronised. Using the granulated PVC-U, Eurocell then extrudes new profiles. This process can be repeated up to 10 times using the same material, giving recycled PVC-U windows a lifespan of 350 years or more.
Eurocell’s recent eBook, Sorting It: A guide to PVC-U Sustainability – Separating fact from fiction, includes a wealth of information regarding the use of durable, long-term building products and the opportunity they offer for a more sustainable future.
Commenting on the announcement, Chris Coxon, Group Head of Marketing at Eurocell, said:
“Operating in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way has never been more important – or topical. It’s something that we’re highly conscious of – and have been acting on – for more than a decade now. So it’s fantastic to have once again made significant progress in output.
“We’re working hard to ensure that Eurocell Recycle, our dedicated recycling division, continues to make a real impact. We plan to consistently increase these figures announced today and lead the positive work going on within our industry.”