By 2020, the PVC industry will achieve an annual recycling volume of 800,000 tons via the European sustainability program VinylPlus. With about 100,000 tons of regranulate from profile sections and used PVC windows, doors and shutters, Rewindo with its recycling partners in Germany has made an important contribution in 2014. „We made particularly substantial increases in post-consumer window recycling and, with more than 24,800 tons of PVC regranulate, recorded double-digit growth compared to 2013,“ said the AGPU recycling expert and Rewindo Managing Director Michael Vetter. Calculations using the Dekra online CO2 calculator revealed that each ton of recycled PVC in comparison to the use of primary PVC avoids about 1.87 tons of CO2. Building physics has demonstrated that the material is absolutely equivalent to virgin material quality, according to the expert. Rewindo expects the annual recycling volumes will continue to rise in the coming years. The requirements of the EU Buildings Directive and national regulations such as the Energy Saving Ordinance 2014 lead to a large expansion of energy renovations of residential property portfolios. The replacement of old windows is usually part of the thermal insulation concept.

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