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Recycle your old UPVC to counter
Landfill Tax
18th September 2012

Window and door installers are being urged to consider recycling their UPVC waste to counter rocketing Landfill Tax charges.

Last April’s 15% hike is expected to be followed by similar increases over the next few years, hitting both fabricators and installers hard in the pocket.

But waste management company J & B Recycling has claimed that many installers are unaware they can recycle old material and are missing out on potential rebates.

J & B Recycling is a waste management company that recycles both old UPVC frames removed by installers and off-cuts from the fabricators.

Managing Director Vikki Jackson Smith said: “A lot of commercial waste comes from small businesses and the windows industry in particular produces significant volumes of waste which can be recycled and does not need to go to landfill. That’s not just the UPVC but plate glass, timber frames and other plastics such as guttering and facias, packaging materials and rubble.

“Certainly speaking to our customers in the replacement windows and doors industry we have found that there is a lack of knowledge about recycling, particularly amongst installers. But they could be making decent rebates back on the old UPVC as we pay for every tonne we take away.

“The message is simple – sorting your old UPVC, earns you money.”

Installation company Sedgefield Windows uses J & B Recycling to manage its waste products generated both pre and post-installation.

Owner Mark Hughes said: “The main benefit to our business is not having the hassle of dealing with our waste UPVC. We have a skip provided on-site for our off-cuts. The more we can separate, the more we get back in a rebate payment.

“My experience is that many installers are not recycling the old UPVC material and a significant amount is going to landfill. That’s not good for the environment or their business.”

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