On 20th May 2014, Prowindo invited representatives from the fields of politics and the environment to a parliamentary breakfast held in Berlin. A few weeks ago, Dr Franziska Krüger and Dr Johanna Wurbs from the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) followed up their discussions at the event by visiting the recycling plant run by the environmental technology company VEKA Umwelttechnik in the town of Hörselberg-Hainich (near Eisenach) in the German Federal State of Thuringia in order to gain a first-hand insight into the recycling of PVC windows in action.

Norbert Bruns (Managing Director of VEKA Umwelttechnik) was joined on the tour of the facility by Ralf Olsen (Managing Director of pro-K), Michael Vetter (Managing Director of Prowindo) and the AGPU Managing Director Thomas Hülsmann.

This visit was particularly important against the background of the assessment of the so-called „legacy additives“, former additives that are no longer used in PVC products but can still be found in recycled PVC material. Our aim is to achieve an exception where this issue is concerned so that these established mechanical recycling activities can continue to take place in the future. This is the only way to ensure that the PVC loop can be closed and valuable resources conserved. We look forward to hearing what the UBA has to say on the matter.

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