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What is more - they all were VEKA windows that were specified.


LEAP OF FAITH But the road to recycling success has been


a rocky one, as Colin Torley, VEKA Sales and Marketing Director pointed out: “There was a certain amount of hesitation in the beginning: companies standing cautiously, each waiting for another to make the first step. We are very proud to say that when that leap of faith was taken – it was taken by VEKA and the Places for People housing body. Since then there has been no shortage of interest with many more fabricators keen to follow and react to the demand.”


It was hardly surprising that the formal


launch of the Infinity system came not long after VEKA signed the full-scale housing contract with Places for People. Others soon followed this inspiring lead – Luton Borough Council committed to using recycled PVC-U windows in all future window replacements and the Church of England Diocese of Winchester will go over to a recycled product for all window replacements in its 250 clergy houses; both with the help of VEKA and Network VEKA.


FROM NEGATIVE TO POSITIVE


Colin Torley added: “There used to be quite a negative attitude towards recycling in the UK. Recycled PVC-U was associated with lower grade products such as pipes and guttering, rather than high-spec window systems. We’re proud that we have helped to drastically change this general opinion with our award-winning Infinity System.”


Yet another recycling ‘first’ came for Network VEKA and its members, KJM


LEADING BY EXAMPLE


The last few years have seen big changes in the UK glazing industry’s attitude towards recycling; we have watched the first recycled PVC-U window gain a full-scale commercial housing contract, the first UK borough to go over entirely to a recycled product for all future window replacements and the first-ever installation of a recycled PVC-U window in to a UK private house.


and Glazerite Windows, when the Infinity system was chosen by a family of keen environmentalists for the first installation of a recycled PVC-U window in to a UK private house. MD John Ogilvie described the project as “an important step forward for the industry towards becoming more eco-friendly.” He added: “ Network VEKA is actively trying to promote the recycling concept to homeowners and our mission is supported by a recycling DVD fronted by snooker legend Steve Davis.”


LEADING THE WORLD


It’s fair to say that VEKA, Network VEKA and VEKA Recycling are collectively leading the world in environmental responsibility in PVC-U, most recently in recycling after achieving a number of environmental firsts. Happily, more and more companies, specifiers and homeowners are following this lead and demanding recycled and sustainable products.


The VEKA Group was the first to establish


a closed-loop recycling plant and remains Europe’s biggest recycler of PVC-U frames – more than 50,000 tonnes are processed every year at the Behringen plant in Germany. “This unit is one of few in the world capable of recycling PVC-U pure enough to be be put straight back in to make new windows” says


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Tony Cattini, VEKA Recycling MD. “The recycled windows produced there are absorbed straight back in to the German housing market, but we have seen an upturn in the number of people in the UK, not only actively recycling old frames, but specifically requesting them also. It goes without saying that VEKA Recycling is keen to promote recycled windows throughout the UK and we encourage customers not only in the UK, but around the world to make use of our facilities.”


Not only a leader in recycling, but VEKA and its Infinity system are both industry award winners for environmental accolades. VEKA achieved the first BFRC ‘A’ rated window while Infinity recently scooped the Environmental Award at the Lancashire Evening Telegraphs Business Awards.


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