Now more than ever before, it is vital that we conserve the earths’ natural resources. At A&B Glass Group we believe that to ensure a sustainable future for our current and our future generations businesses need to be environmentally responsible and become an example to the public.
Our objective as a business is to set a responsible lead and example through our working practices and raise public awareness of sustainability to help build towards a brighter future.
It is the policy of the A&B Glass Group to manage and maintain a controlled Environmental and Waste Management programme. The goal of our environmental policy is to be proactive regarding environmental issues and compliance. Indeed we are particularly proud of achieving the BSI Environmental Management System – ISO 14001:2004 accreditation.
Ever more stringent building performance requirements and a need to demonstrate sustainable use of materials means that there are compelling reasons why more housing providers are partnering with window suppliers that have post-consumer PVC-u recycling capabilities.
Our suppliers use true closed loop recycling, where the core components end of life windows such as PVC-u, steel, brass and aluminium are segregated, processed and re-used in new window systems. The BRE states that PVC-u can be recycled up to 10 times, so a window with a typical working life of 25 to 35 years can provide materials to be re-used between 250 to 350 years.
Products are developed using recycled material including window profiles, cavity closers and PVC-u Thermal Inserts, all of which help improve thermal performance, whilst offering sustainable use of material.
Some initiatives that we have introduced include:
- Recycling of old windows (100% recycling of old PVC-u windows conforming to Vinyl 2010)
- All non-recyclable waste is disposed of via registered contractors
- Any hazardous waste such as Asbestos is disposed of via licensed contractors
- No landfill
- PVC-u off-cuts
- Plastic Packaging