Waste not Want not!

28 Mar

When you decide to have new replacement energy efficient double glazing in your home, you may quite understandably be worried as to what happens to your old windows. Many questions spring to mind such as can the materials used in the manufacture of the old windows be recycled, does your local council allow building waste at their recycling site, will it cost for the disposal? Lots of things to consider.

However there is good news as many double glazing companies now collect the frames and glass from your old windows to be sent to specialist recycling companies. These recycling companies work with window companies and installers, to ensure that the old window frames do not end up in landfill. If you chose a company that offers this service, you don’t have to worry about this happening as the materials from your windows will be recycled and be made in to new PVC products or even to produce new windows.  If you are replacing wooden doors and frames, you may be able to pass them on to a company that can restore them and sell them on, once again preventing them being wasted.


International Recycling Symbol

International Recycling Symbol


It is good to know that the recycling of your old windows prevents the valuable materials being lost to landfill sites and also reduces the amount of raw materials being used up. So, not only are you being green by having energy efficient windows fitted, you are being green by protecting the environment.

An organisation called Recovinyl was set up in 2003 as part of the original Vinyl 2010 Voluntary Commitment to advance the sustainable development of the PVC industry by improving production processes, minimise emissions, develop recycling technology and boost the collection and recycling of waste.  You can read more about its objectives by clicking the link.




If you are feeling particularly adventurous you can recycle your old windows and frames within your own home, turning them in to interesting decorative objects or even making new useful products. You might also find in your local area an organisation that can make use of your old windows.

We would love to hear about your ideas on recycling double glazing, please share them in the comments below.


4 Responses to “Waste not Want not!”

  1. Health & Safety May 4, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    Thanks for this helpful post, DIY recycling is a great if you’re feeling creative. I recycled an old window once using stained glass paints to decorate. It later became a garden feature (as the window was fitted in my garden shed)!

    Just be careful when handling glass 🙂

  2. Window June 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm #


  3. Bill July 16, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    It’s great to see that there are more people and companies caring about the environment and that so many things can be recycled now. It’s good to know that you can prevent many things going to landfill and be given a new life!

  4. Penny July 28, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    It’s good to know that you can get new windows without the old ones being a threat to the environment. Making stained glass windows is a great way to be more creative with recycling! Its also fun to make mosaics from them, which you can use for table tops as long as you make sure it is safe and there is no sharp glass!

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