Free Glass Recycling Scheme Launched

The BFRC (British Fenestration Ratings Council) has launched  a pilot scheme for the collection of IGUs for the recycling of their glass content.

The BFRC is part of the GGF group of commercial companies which have already successfully introduced a PVC-U frame recycling service in conjunction with CNC Recycling.

Chris Beedel, head of advocacy & stakeholder relations at the GGF says: “The pilot glass recycling scheme will be offered in a small number of localities while we trial the service and make sure it works for all parties. The areas and surrounds covered in the first instance are: Hull, York, Doncaster, Lincoln, Sheffield, Nottingham, Wakefield, Bradford, Leeds, Huddersfield, Peterborough and Derby.

“The units will need to be deglazed because they will be transported differently to the PVC-U frames, and there is a minimum collection criteria of 20 frames/IGUs.


Free service

Beedel adds: “Collection of the glass, alongside the PVC-U frames, will continue to be free of charge if the collection criteria are met. Installers can be assured the old materials will be handled responsibly with all glass collected being recycled back into the industry as clean cullet which is sent for flat glass processing.

“There is mounting pressure on installers to do the right thing when it comes to recycling old windows. Waste removal is a lucrative business and has therefore attracted some less scrupulous service providers, so the GGF, FENSA and the BFRC want to protect their members by giving them a free alternative. Ensuring you have a responsible recycling programme in place is also an attractive proposition for the ever-increasing number of eco-conscious homeowners. We hope this pilot glass scheme will be successful and be offered to all members nationwide very soon.”


Picture: The GGF, FENSA and BFRC have launched a pilot glass recycling scheme.


Article written by Cathryn Ellis
02nd March 2023


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