Deceuninck recycles end-of-life windows and closes the loop


Deceuninck opens its new recycling factory in Diksmuide (Belgium), adjacent to the existing 105,000 ton/year PVC compounding facility. The € 3 million investment includes recycling equipment for both postindustrial and postconsumer rigid PVC. The 20,000 tonnes capacity makes Deceuninck Recycling in Diksmuide into the largest of its kind for rigid PVC recycling in the Benelux.

Deceuninck transforms 100% of recycled material into new window systems and building products. 50 years ago Deceuninck started designing 100% recyclable products. Today the loop is closed.

West Flanders Charter Corporate Sustainability since 1999

Deceuninck’s production sites in Gits and Diksmuide are certified according to the West Flanders Charter Corporate Sustainability.
Deceuninck signed the charter in 1999, as one of the first companies in the region. Ever since, Deceuninck successfully passed each annual evaluation. The West Flanders Charter Corporate Sustainability acts as a support tool, a catalyst to turn sustainability into tangible projects and to continuously introduce improvements of the environmental, social and economic performance of the company in Belgium.

Decades of commitment to sustainability

Founded in 1937, Deceuninck started producing small articles such as knobs, combes and buckles. In 1960, the company started the extrusion of roller shutter profiles and cladding. In 1967 Deceuninck was one of the pioneers in Europe to start designing and extruding PVC window profiles. From the very beginning, recycling PVC production scrap was part of the business model. In the 80s Deceuninck started collecting and recycling offcuts from window fabrication together with external partners.

In 2000, Deceuninck was a founding father of EPPA, the European sector organisation to help achieve the industry’s voluntary commitment, Vinyl 2010. This commitment included recycling 200,000 tonnes of postconsumer PVC by 2010. The industry delivered on its commitment by achieving 260,000 tonnes.

VinylPlus, the successor to Vinyl2010, commits to recycle 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020. The European Commission prefers voluntary commitments to regulation and encourages other industries to launch similar initiatives. UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon acknowledged VinylPlus at the “Rio+20” UN conference on sustainable development.. The PVC industry leads by example.

Closing the loop by using the recycled material in new products

Over the last 25 years, Deceuninck created products and processes to make use of each kg of recycled PVC available. Window boards and cladding profiles are finished with a decorative film. In 2004, Deceuninck launched the “Beebo” cladding line. Interior architects welcomed the product as a true sustainable product, a high end decorative film on a recycled base material. The “Cyclefoam” noise barrier has been designed and launched in 2004. Along Europe’s motorways, TGV lines and airports you will find numerous references.

EuCertPlast certification

Since last week Deceuninck Recycling is EuCertplast certified. EuCertplast is a European wide certification programme for recyclers of postconsumer plastic waste.
Deceuninck is one of the first PVC recyclers with an EuCertplast certification.
In the executive summary the auditors state: “…We have been impressed by some remarkably well developed systems systems like the traceability system from the input waste to the recycled output, the training programs for the staff and management, the internal information system (DEPLIS), the technical equipment and the cleanliness of the site. This is quite outstanding in the world of the PVC waste recyclers…”

Sustainable innovation: highest insulation at lowest material use. And 100% recyclable

PVC is a low maintenance, very durable material. Windows installed today are expected to last 50+ years. PVC windows are the best value in insulation, and can save a household up to 50,000 litre of heating fuel (*) Deceuninck has focused its innovation efforts into the highest possible insulation at the lowest use of material. The recently launched Zendow#neo, with glass fibre reinforced profiles, allow passive-house standards insulation at 40% less weight.
The Diksmuide recycling unit offers the technology to fully recycle our glass fibre reinforced PVC.

(°) Source: Inoutic energy savings calculation: (see: Calculation base: replacement of 35m² single glazed windows. Results may vary in function of the region and the quality of the PVC window system.

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