Two weeks ago, the Member of the German Federal Parliament and Energy Policy Coordinator of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU)/Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU) parliamentary group, Thomas Bareiß, and other members of the Bundestag from the fields of energy policy, environment, technology and economic affairs from the CDU/CSU parliamentary group attended a Parliamentary Breakfast in Berlin together with representatives from PROWINDO (AGPU, QKE, EPPA, pro-K, Rewindo, SKZ), the industry initiative for plastic windows. The event focused on the established closed material cycle of the plastic window industry, its positive contribution towards energy and resource efficiency and the risks that the changes to the European Waste Frame Directive (Annex III)that have been announced for the middle of the year pose to this cycle.

„Energy and resource efficiency involving plastic windows play an important role in the energy transition. Scrap plastic windows should therefore not, as specified in the decision made by the European Commission, be classified as hazardous waste from 1st June 2015 onwards“, states Thomas Bareiß, summing up the matter in a nutshell.

PROWINDO also supports this position. The members of the initiative are calling for the introduction of a regulation stipulating that scrap plastic windows and recycled material must not be classified as hazardous waste. The aim of this request is to use pragmatic solutions for recycling to achieve planning reliability and in turn to conserve energy and resources without increasing risks for humans and the environment.

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.