A key concern for many these days is whether or not the products they’re investing in are as eco-friendly as possible – and a big part of this is whether or not something can be recycled when it comes to the end of its lifespan.
If you’re unsure as to whether or not your doors and windows could be recycled and you want to be able to answer your customers’ questions as fully as possible, make sure you chat to your PVCu window suppliers and they’ll be able to help you with this.
It could also be worth having a browse of the British Plastics Federation website, as this is a useful resource for the kind of products that you’ll be investing in.
In the last few years, the UK has seen serious growth in the volumes of plastics being collected and separated for recycling across the public and private sectors alike. There are 3.7 million tonnes of plastic arising in the UK, of which 70 per cent is recovered and 32 per cent is recycled.
The benefits of a successful recycling scheme include minimising the amount being sent to landfill, reducing the environmental impact of plastic-rich products, consuming less energy than the production of virgin polymers and avoiding consumption of the earth’s oil stocks.
PVCu products include the likes of window frames, drainage and water service pipes, medical devices, roofing membranes, stationery, cable and wire insulation, blood storage bags, cling film, packaging, credit cards, automotive interiors and seat coverings, synthetic leather and other coated fabrics.
This is one of the most widely used polymers in the world, thanks to its particularly versatile nature. Its structure and composition means it can be mechanically recycled relatively easily to produce good-quality recycling material.
In the construction sector, PVC has been used extensively to make a wide range of products for more than 50 years. It’s perfect for window profiles because it’s strong, versatile, lightweight and durable, but it’s also ideal for cabling applications because it’s flame retardant and boasts excellent electrical insulation properties.
Unplasticised PVC is one of the stiffest polymers at room temperature, showing little deterioration over the years – so perfect for conservatories, extensions and more.
The industry has made heavy investments to develop sophisticated schemes for recycling to ensure that large amounts can be reused. This means that it’s not just production offcuts that are sent off for recycling, but the likes of doors and PVCu windows can also be recycled on a global scale.
While older windows can – and are – recycled, it’s a more complicated process because building debris such as sealants, concrete and steel may need to be removed before reprocessing.
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