With the Anglian Home Improvements Scrappage Scheme launching last week, I went for a chat with technical director Paul Kellett this afternoon, to discuss the processes of how we recycle old windows and any waste produced when making our products.
Paul started by telling me how there is a lifeline to our products. Here is a simple explanation of this life.
1. All the raw materials needed are delivered into our factories where all the component parts for our UPVC windows and doors are made.
2.The ingredients of the UPVC get delivered directly into our extrusion plant where we manufacture them into the component parts of our products, such as elements for roof trim and lengths of UPVC profile ready to make the frames etc. Glass however, is sent to our glass factory where it is made into double glazed units. This is supplied direct from the world’s leading manufacturers, purely because manufacturing our own would be prohibitively expensive.
3. All the bespoke parts are sent to our finishing factory, where they assemble the glass units and frame sections into the final window product. At this stage they undergo a rigorous quality control process to ensure our products are worthy of the Anglian name and guarantee.
4. Once the products are complete and pass QC they are ready to be delivered and fitted to your home.
5. After our products lifetime (which is considerable) they can be recycled and the raw materials reused, helping to minimise resource depletion in the future. The old windows and doors etc we remove are broken down into their component parts and organised by substance type and enter the recycling path for that particular product. The UPVC can be ground up, removed of any impurities and made into something else, including new windows. The glass is sent to our recycling centre for pre-processing, before re-entering the manufacturing process
He kindly told me how as a company we try to not waste anything we use and if there is any waste, we try to re-use it in other products. For example, when a lengths of UPVC are cut, it has to be cut at angles so that it can form a rectangular shape for the windows, but this results in a small part of the length being unused. However, it is not unused as it will be collected, sorted and reprocessed, going back into more UPVC lengths, or used in other building products.
Not only that we have a co-extrusion feed, which produces different colours of UPVC and puts our recycled materials it into one UPVC length maximising the amount we recycle and giving the same high quality of product. This can then be foiled to the colour you require to make sure it is a colour suited to your needs, and keeping the great standards.
Glass that is unsuitable to be remade into windows is also reused elsewhere, in glass fibre, insulation or even roads paints. You’ll be surprised at how far waste can go!
The whole process from start to finish is as energy efficient as we can possibly make it. No journey is a wasted journey as we are continuously transferring products from the factory, to the depot, on to the household. All of the old items are then bought back to the factory, only in lorries that have made that journey already, thus maximising the usage of fuel by only doing full journeys, rather than transporting empty vehicles.
What are the benefits of using recycled products? Well, you are obviously helping the environment by having recycled UPVC, glass, metal and rubber in your products, and you are not losing any of the quality from these neither. Not only that you know your old windows, doors or roof trim will be properly recycled as we control all of our recycling.
So there we have it, a rough idea into how Anglian is doing its bit to reduce their carbon footprint.
Anglian Home Improvements helping support the environment. For more information on our Scrappage Scheme click here.