£3 million PVC-U recycling plant opens

December 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Eurocell has just opened up the biggest PVC-U recycling plant of its kind in the UK.

The company, which is part of the Tessenderlo Group, has invested £3 million in the new plant which is located in Ilkeston in Derbyshire, and it is hoping that it will go a long way in helping to recycle the millions of window frames in the UK which do not currently meet energy efficiency standards.

The new plant will be able to process up to 12,000 old PVC-U window frames a week, a huge number. However, the benefits don’t stop there.

It will also create new jobs in the area, and because Eurocell is using a special closed-loop process it will not only be recycling the products, but it will also be creating new products from the recycled material on site.

This means that the whole procedure will be made a lot more efficient, reducing the amount of energy required.

What’s more, the plant will focus on creating products which themselves can help to make the construction industry more efficient. One of the main products that it will be manufacturing is PVC-U thermal inserts which can be used in buildings to improve their thermal performance.

The plant will make use of the latest technology and processes in order to recycle the old window frames, and it is hoped that it will play a large role in replacing the 230 million windows across the UK which Defra has claimed need to be upgraded for failing to meet energy efficiency standards.

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New can recycling scheme in Barnstaple

December 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Recycling is growing in importance across the UK as more people are realising, that if they recycle their products instead of throwing them away, they can play a significant role in helping to prevent rubbish going to landfill sites and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Now a new scheme has launched in Barnstaple in Devon to encourage more people in the town to get involved in doing something good by recycling their drinks cans instead of throwing them away.

Every Can Counts has launched the recycling programme along with Barnstaple Town Council and BID Barnstaple. The scheme will see recycling bins appear in 400 shops and restaurants in the town centre to encourage both staff and shoppers to recycle their cans instead of throwing them away.

Barnstaple is not the first town that Every Can Counts has worked with to improve recycling. It has also joined forces with North Devon Council and other councils in the past, and it is hoping to expand even further now.

The empty cans will be collected by Community Resources, a not-for-profit organisation based in Ilfracombe, and supporters are hoping that it will go a long way to improving recycling efforts in the town.

Rick Hindley from Every Can Counts said that more than nine billion cans are sold every year in the UK and that “around 30% are consumed ‘on the go’”. They are hoping that the scheme will appeal to both workers and shoppers in the town centre, and he confirmed that they would like to “develop further projects with other town centres and retail sites in the future”.

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