Window and door installers in Scotland can now take advantage of a free recycling service for their old, post-use windows and doors, which are removed as part of replacement projects, when buying their new products from CMS Trade.
The East Kilbride based company is the new trade window and door division of CMS Window Systems, who have been at the forefront of ‘closed-loop’ recycling in the window industry since their inception in 2006. By setting itself up from the outset with a complete in-house waste collection, separation and recycling operation, CMS is perfectly placed to take post-use windows and doors from CMS Trade customers, whether these are timber, aluminium or PVCu frames, helping them to save hundreds of pounds every year on waste disposal costs.
The Scottish Landfill Tax (SLfT) standard rate is currently £91.35 per tonne, which is why local authorities are required to charge commercial customers (as well as householders through taxation), and this can amount to a significant cost to installers over the course of a year. But, in addition to boosting the bottom line for installers, CMS Trade’s recycling service is an important selling point for homeowners and commercial customers, who are increasingly seeking assurances that recycling is undertaken wherever possible in the supply chain for building works.
Operating from a new 25,000 sq. ft. factory, purpose-designed to manufacture high quality trade windows and doors for today’s market, CMS Trade provides a complete range of products using both Eurocell and REHAU PVCu systems, plus composite doors. As the free recycling service demonstrates, CMS Trade is combining an extensive and attractive range of custom made windows and doors with customer service that will help installers be more competitive, including quality assurance, good lead times and remakes in just 24 hours.
Colin Torley, General Manager at CMS Trade says: “Recycling has become routine in our daily lives and, with the award winning facilities and processes we have in-house, there is no reason why post-use windows and doors shouldn’t be put to good use rather than being dumped in landfill. For any installer seeking to reduce their costs, this service has enormous value, but don’t forget the appeal to end-customers too as the demand for suppliers to be more sustainable grows ever stronger.”
For the last two years CMS has diverted 100% of its waste away from landfill, with 97% being separated and sent away to respective re-processing specialists and the remaining 3% going to waste-to-energy plants to generate electricity. In 2017-18, this amounted to more than 2,800 tonnes of waste handled through a unique operation that has seen CMS win numerous environmental awards, including a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2017 and a Green Apple Award last year.
Colin continues: “If you are a trade installer in central Scotland, why not come and see our recycling operations for yourself and what we are creating with CMS Trade? Our new factory is located at 6 Colvilles Place in East Kilbride (G75 0PZ), with our main recycling centre at Castlecary near Cumbernauld, and our door is always open for you to take a look around and meet me and the team.”