VEKA Recycling ‘open for business’ at new Wellingborough site

“WE’RE open for business” says the UK’s leading PVC-U recycler VEKA Recycling Ltd, having completed the move of its headquarters to a new, 5.7-acre site on Wellingborough’s Finedon Road Industrial Estate, Northamptonshire.

With an investment totalling £8 million, VEKA are set to create Europe’s most up- to-date PVC-U recycling plant in a central UK location capable of processing around 30,000 tonnes of post-consumer PVC-U profi les and off cuts each year into high- quality recyclates.

“With a committed new team in place, we start 2019 with a fresh vision and the exciting prospect of making our project a reality.”

Throughout the year, Simon will be putting the emphasis on customer service with more back-offi ce staff to look after clients and suppliers providing a friendly voice at the end of the phone. Similarly, there will be a renewed focus on aspects of maintenance, engineering and production to ensure VEKA consistently make the best quality products possible.


The move to a bigger, more accessible site off ers many advantages for both customers and suppliers, as Simon points out.

He said: “Some waste management and window companies may not have delivered their frames to us before because it was either too far, or the Dartford Crossing was in the way.

“Our central location means we should be able to attract more material for recycling, which is good news all round.”

Once site works are complete, turnaround times will be faster for waste management vehicles as more room means they will not have to queue before offl oading frames.

Three sites across Europe

Employing more than 55 people, the Northamptonshire facility is the third to be built by VEKA Recycling’s parent company, VEKA Umwelttecknik GmbH which opened its fi rst plant in Behringen, Germany in 1993. Together with a sister PVC-U recycling plant in France, the three facilities can recycle more than 100,000 tonnes of PVC-U annually.

Simon Scholes, VEKA Recycling Ltd’s Managing Director, said: “The third plant has always been on the agenda, but Brexit has been a strong infl uence that has made our new plant happen.

“Ultimately, the aim has been to achieve autonomy in each home market for the three recycling facilities. This gives us more opportunities on how we work alongside the profi le part of VEKA across Europe.

“Having settled into our new permanent home, we are very much open for business, with further investment in the site and equipment planned for this year.

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VEKA Recycling also works with strategic partners around the UK where waste PVC can be ‘bulked up’ at local depots before it is transported on larger vehicles to Wellingborough for processing.

Investment in new equipment is extending the capability of the plant to process the growing volumes of coloured profi les, which refl ect the rising trend for PVC-U windows in shades other than white. De-glazed post-consumer frames, mis-measured frames and off cuts are reduced in size then separated before being processed into a high-quality compound for use in new applications such as windows, construction and electrical products.

Simon concluded: “I believe VEKA has the best story to tell as no-one else has a PVC-U recycling plant in three countries.

“VEKA’s investment refl ects a genuine belief in environmental responsibility and the good of recyclate. With plastics in the ocean hitting current headlines, we’re in an excellent position to demonstrate our sustainability credentials and the fact that we’ve been recycling PVC-U over the last 25 years!”

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