At Plastic Expert, we aspire to sustainable environmental standards. Check out our uPVC recycling process below.
At Plastic Expert, we like to make things easy for our customers. That’s why we offer a full collection or delivery service. Typically, we move your plastic waste material using roll-on/off containers, walking floor trailers and bulkers.
Trucks deliver the uPVC material to our processing facility where we inspect it and prepare it for processing. We can recycle most uPVC there and then, but the contamination in some waste uPVC may not meet our standards for recycling.
Provided that the uPVC is of sufficient quality, we then load it into our shredder, a particular machine designed to break the plastic up into smaller particles.
The next step is to remove all non-PVC materials from uPVC windows and doors, including rubber, glass, and steel. We do this by using a variety of methods, including powerful magnets. Where possible, we recycle the metal we extract, but we need to remove it first because we cannot incorporate it into the uPVC recycling process. uPVC products often contain a range of other metals, not just steel. These metals include zinc, aluminium and brass. We use specialist separation processes to remove these contaminants from the uPVC and store them for further processing on-site. We also use colour-sorting devices to detect rubber components (often used to seal the gap between uPVC frames and the glazing).
The final stage in the process is to turn the purified uPVC into granules. Manufacturers use these granules as the basis for creating new uPVC products, completing the cycle.