VEKA Recycling Ltd, the Wellingborough-based specialist recycler of PVC-U windows, has reported that its fleet of collection vehicles is once again travelling the highways of England, Wales and more recently Scotland as the industry’s window and door installers open their factory gates again after lockdown.
VEKA Recycling’s articulated, demountable forklift-equipped vehicles, together with 10-tonne box trucks, are once again completing their regular routes as installers get back to work installing new windows, doors and conservatories and returning the old frames for reprocessing. Once received, the old windows will have metals such as reinforcement and hardware removed, with the frames passing through several stages before being supplied again as high quality polymer to extruders for re-manufacture into a range of products. These include PVC-U window and door profiles and others that include products for the electrical and building industry.
The collection vehicles being back on the road may be regarded as a reliable barometer of real-world activity, says VEKA Recycling’s managing director Simon Scholes: “We were delighted when the phones began ringing with our installer customers telling us that not only were they back at work but that their hoppers were full of recyclable material that needed collecting.
“We have also been busy again collecting virgin PVC-U frame offcuts from fabricators using all system brands, as frame production steps up again. It may be some time before volumes return to those before lockdown, but it is encouraging, nonetheless.”
Simon added: “It is encouraging that, despite business pressures brought on by COVID-19, installers and fabricators are still keen to have their profiles reprocessed according to a clearly traceable audit trail, to ensure compliance with ever-stricter regulations covering recycling.”