Deceuninck Group opened a new recycling plant in Diksmuide in February 2019, increasing its PVC recycling capacity to 45,000 tonnes per annum. The material to be recycled comes from collecting post-industrial waste (their own production waste and offcuts from their customers) and first-generation PVC windows which are now 30 to 40 years old and will gradually be replaced over the coming years.
Deceuninck believes in PVC as a sustainable and forward-looking material for the construction industry. PVC’s low thermal conductivity gives PVC window profiles more efficient thermal insulation than aluminium window profiles, and the energy consumption and CO2 emissions of PVC windows throughout their service life, production and recycling is lower than their aluminium counterparts.
PVC is also easy to recycle, and it can be recycled and reused almost endlessly with no loss of quality. Using recycled PVC makes PVC window profiles even more sustainable: using 1 kilogram of recycled PVC saves 2 kilograms of CO2 emissions, avoids the use of virgin raw materials and prevents over 2 million windows a year ending up in landfill or an incinerator.
By using the latest technology in its new recycling plant, Deceuninck is able to recycle its PVC profiles in every colour and various compositions, including those containing fibreglass. During the recycling process, all impurities are removed and the PVC is crushed and sorted. Once granulated, the recycled material is used internally in the extrusion of new PVC window profiles, replacing new material.
More information about PVC recycling: https://vinylplus.eu/