Veka has unveiled plans to increase usage of recycled material beyond its existing Infinity system.
The PVC-U systems supplier says it has been the industry leader in recycling and sustainability throughout its history, with the first Veka recycling plant opening in Germany in 1993. In 2007, Veka’s sister company, Veka Recycling, opened the UK’s first windows recycling plant and last year, the company invested £150k in six new silos to increase the storage capacity at its Wellingborough site.
Veka describes its Infinity profile, launched in 2010, as “a dedicated system with an environmental conscience that contains up to 80% recycled material”.
The coming months will see Veka start to roll out recycled material across a number of its mainline profiles starting with cills and following with frame extensions with potential to expand further throughout the course of the year. The company has also committed to driving further usage of recycled PVC-U in the coming years.
With recycling now a crucial part of Veka’s strategy, over the last five years more than 24,000 tonnes of PVC-U has been diverted from landfill.
Dawn Stockell, marketing director of Veka, commented: “Recycling and sustainability are a core focus as part of our overall CSR commitment and a key objective for both Veka plc and the broader group. Our investment into future-proofing our products has seen us increase our co-extrusion capability, replacing ageing tools with co-extrusion tools allowing for greater use of recycled PVC-U . Committed to driving increased usage of recycled compound, our partnership with growing sister company, Veka Recycling, will ensure that together we continue to make best-in-class PVC-U window systems that care about the environment and can continue to be recycled for years to come.”
Simon Scholes, managing director of Veka Recycling added: “We’ve invested £15million into the plant at Wellingborough – ensuring we can continue to lead the way in recycled PVC-U. Our products are as close to virgin polymer as is possible. To get recycled PVC-U of this quality takes some work and ultimately does not result in a more cost-effective material – in fact using recycled PVC-U is cost neutral but carries an important ethical message. In the past, recycled products have often been seen as second best, however with today’s PVC-U, along with our technology and skills, we can ensure that the recycled product is a better product – one that is suited to being reused time and time again. We can now put in a frame that will last another 40 years with just one window or door frame offering up to 350 years of usage. In fact, the recycled products that are going in now will only need to be recycled by my successor’s successor. Now that is a sustainable legacy to be proud of.”