2½ Year Wait Then Sustainability Comes Along Like London Buses

Window Widgets has diverted 42 tonnes of PVC waste from landfill in the last 12 months – that’s the equivalent weight of more than three London buses. The achievement came after two-and-a-half-years of hard graft.

The firm is on its second year of a policy that sees it send zero waste to land-fill and not only has 42 tonnes of PVC been recycled so has: 10 tonnes of cardboard, 5.2 tonnes of aluminium swarf, 21.7 tonnes of wood and 1.6 tonnes of WE’EE and metal

Window Widgets achieved zero land-fill waste in February 2021 after that two-and-a-half-year waste management programme which included:

August 2018 – the company engaged with a recycling processing equipment supplier and identified specific equipment requirements. These included a compactor for aluminium swarf, a mill-size baler for cardboard waste and a 50kg baler for LDPE film waste.

December 2018 – Window Widgets joined forces with Penfold Plastics to ensure that head waste and profile lengths under one metre were recycled, diverting these materials away from landfill.

January 2019 – the ordered waste processing equipment was delivered and put to use, enabling the recycling of cardboard, plastic and ali swarf waste materials.

Throughout 2019 – the company segregated all waste into specific bins, compacted and bailed it before removal from the site. This systematic approach ensured that waste materials were efficiently managed and prepared for recycling.

November 2020 – Recognising the need for further efficiency in waste management, Window Widgets ordered an additional compactor to aid in the compaction of waste materials.

February 2021 – Window Widgets moved its waste collection to Archer Recycling. The company transported all general waste to Javelin Park for incineration. This strategic shift marked the final step in the journey towards achieving zero-landfill status.


Window Widgets

Window Widgets, manufactures the largest range of universal ancillaries for all window fabricators and installers.  Andy Taylor, group QSHE manager says: "We take immense pride in the progress we've made since achieving zero landfill waste. The diversion of 42 tonnes of PVC waste from landfill reinforces our commitment and our determination to make a positive impact on the environment. Sustainable practices not only benefit our planet but also contribute to a more responsible and resilient business."


Picture: Window Widgets’ zero land-fill journey.


Article written by Cathryn Ellis
14th March 2024


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