Recycling

Welcome to our recycling Information page, thank you for your interest. Regency are always trying to reduce our carbon footprint and recycle our wastage. See below for details of how we try to achieve this.

Pvcu Profile

We use Eurocell profiles for our products. Pvcu is a highly sustainable product, robust enough to be recycled and re purposed up to 10 times without its quality or performance deteriorating. At Eurocell’s recycling plant in Derbyshire, they process up to 12,000 old UPVC window frames per week, or around 6,000 tonnes per year. Once recycled, it is used to create a variety of new products, such as thermal inserts. By doing this they are able to reuse almost 100% of their production waste. The Video on the right shows Eurocell’s closed loop recycling methods. Regency recycle the old Pvcu frames with Ecoplas who have invested heavily in the state-of-the-art recycling plant. Incoming materials are inspected and sorted to remove sources of contamination and graded before passing through the recycling process. The material is size reduced by granulation to 6mm or 8mm chip, fine particles are removed, material then passes through our advanced metal and rubber separation processes, colour separation and finally stringent quality control testing. Ecoplas products are used in Window products, cills, beading and cavity closures, rainwater goods – guttering and drainpipes, trunking and ducting, fencing and decking, and underground pipes. Regency recycle our new Pvcu wastage with Falcon Recycling. The virgin Pvcu is granulated into small pieces; specialist equipment sorts the white from the multi-coloured (jazz) chippings. Film, metal, aggregate, silicon, rubber beading and cardboard is removed for recycling. Nothing is lost and nothing goes to landfill. The chippings are put through a cleaning and sorting procedure and the final process produces a reusable Pvcu that can be used to manufacture new Pvcu products. The end result is a high quality product with little contamination. The video on the right shows Falcon’s recycling processes.

Glass Recycling

Regency purchase our glass from Pilkingtons and recycle our glass with AWM, Yorkshire’s leading provider of sustainable waste resource management and commercial recycling solutions. Recycling glass is of the utmost importance due to the environmental impact of producing new glass as its components must be quarried, thereby significantly using up raw materials (1.3 tonnes per tonne of glass) and damaging the landscape, and the process of burning these materials in the furnace uses a significant amount of energy., each tonne the equivalent of burning 250kg of wood, or 315kg of Carbon Dioxide which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. And when you take into account the fact that glass is 100% and endlessly recyclable – without any loss to its quality or purity - there really is no excuse not to do it! Regency also use AWM to collect our Wood and domestic wastage.

Cardboard, Paper and Packaging

Regency have an on site baling machine so we can produce bails of paper, cardboard,shrink wrap, and polythene packaging which all get recycled. One of the key benefits of paper recycling is that there are carbon savings available from simply diverting paper products from alternative disposal routes such as landfill and incineration. Paper is biodegradable and when landfilled creates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, which has been recognised as contributing to climate change. Paper is also a carbon-based product and when incinerated releases carbon dioxide, again recognised as contributing to climate change. However, paper is a readily recyclable product, and through recycling the carbon is retained in the product for longer and contributes to reducing the primary fibre requirements in the industry. This allows forests to be managed over longer periods and contributes very significantly to the sustainability of the overall paper industry. Based on the study, WRAP considers that it is reasonable to say that recycling 1 tonne of paper and cardboard will avoid 1.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent compared to landfill, and 0.62 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent compared to incineration.

Steel and Aluminium

Regency recycle our metal wastage from our manufacturing processes, old conservatory roof systems, and old aluminium windows with Crossley Evans Ltd, who are one of the largest independent metal processors and scrap recyclers in the north of England. Aluminium is 100 per cent recyclable. The metal can be melted down and reformed without losing any quality. And the process can be repeated over and over again. Recycling 1 tonne of aluminium saves 9 tonnes of CO2emissions Making aluminium from raw materials is a complex process. However once made the metal can be melted down and reformed without losing any quality. And the process can be repeated over and over again. Along with the energy savings, recycling aluminium saves around 95% of the greenhouse gas emissions compared to the ‘primary’ production process. Recycling 1 tonne of aluminium saves 9 tonnes of CO2 emissions; So when you consider that 1 tonne of CO2 is equivalent to driving 2800 miles the benefits of recycling really start to become compelling. Steel is the most recycled material on the planet, more than all other materials combined. Steel retains an extremely high overall recycling rate, which in 2012, stood at 88 percent. The amazing metallurgical properties of steel allow it to be recycled continually with no degradation in performance, and from one product to another. Even while two out of every three tons of new steel are produced from old steel, it is still necessary to continue to use some quantities of virgin materials. This is true because many steel products remain in service as durable goods for decades at a time and demand for steel around the world continues to grow.
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