The Glass and Glazing Federation has joined with the Council for Aluminium in Building to add aluminium to its nationwide free recycling scheme.

It now means Fensa, BFRC and GGF, members anywhere England, Scotland and Wales can now access aluminium recycling services, courtesy of CAB partner Alutrade. As with the existing PVCu recycling scheme, it includes a completely free collection service. GGF, Fensa and BFRC members can book online to have deglazed old aluminium frames and offcuts collected from site free of charge, typically within 72 hours.

Members will be paid directly by Alutrade for any aluminium collected. Alutrade is the largest independent aluminium recycling and extrusion company in the UK, recycling at least 30,000 tonnes of metal every year.

As with the PVCu recycling scheme, which was launched last year in partnership with CNC Recycling, participants receive a certificate at the end of the year recording the amount of waste material they recycled, the vast majority of which remains in the industry to create new fenestration products.

“We are all about collaboration and working with industry leaders and partners to ensure our members have access to the best products and services that can help their businesses thrive,” said GGF Chief Development Officer Anda Gregory.

“Expanding the free recycling scheme we offer our members to now include aluminium as well as PVCu is an example of how we are always looking to develop and grow our offering, so that our members’ businesses can do the same.”

Alutrade commercial manager Ed George added: “Aluminium is virtually 100% recyclable and recycling it for future use takes just 5% of the original energy needed to produce primary aluminium. So dedication to recycling aluminium brings benefits not just to the individual members using the scheme but to the credentials of the entire sector.”

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