£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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