GGF Launches Free Aluminium Recycling Scheme

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) recycling scheme has now been expanded to include aluminium alongside PVCu.

In collaboration with the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB), FENSA, BFRC and GGF, members across England, Scotland and Wales are now able to access aluminium recycling services, courtesy of CAB’s partners, aluminium recycling specialists Alutrade. And, as with the existing PVCu recycling scheme, it remains a totally free collection service.

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“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 Anda Gregory, Chief Development Officer at the GGF.

“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.”

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. Last year, the GGF partnered with CNC Recycling to offer members a similar scheme for PVCu, and the same online form can be used for both PVCu and aluminium collection bookings. As with the PVCu recycling scheme, 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.

The expansion of the scheme to now include aluminium reflects the success of the PVCu recycling initiative and its popularity among installers and homeowners, who are increasingly looking at businesses’ sustainability credentials.

Members will be paid directly by Alutrade for any aluminium collected. Alutrade is the largest and most established independent aluminium recycling company and extrusion specialist in the UK, having been recycling aluminium since 1987. On average, Alutrade recycle in the region of at least 30,000 tonnes of metal every year at its aluminium recycling plant. 

“We’re delighted to help offer this much-needed service to GGF members, FENSA Approved Installers and BFRC manufacturers,” said Ed George, Commercial Manager at Alutrade

“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.”