The nationwide system for taking back and recycling PVC window profiles was founded in Bonn in 2002.
The amount of recycled PVC window profiles has increased to 42,500 tons in 2021, according to Rewindo. In the starting year 2002, it was reportedly 4,500 tons. Thus, with the help of recycling partners, the company has managed to increase the amount recycled by more than 800 percent over the past twenty years, is said. According to Rewindo managing director Michael Vetter, the growth is due to continuous activities in the marketing area and the permanent expansion of the recycling system. Among other things, he said, this has been achieved by acquiring additional recycling and logistics partners, setting up more than 60 acceptance points for smaller window quantities, and establishing a network of 24 partner companies along the value chain. "The recycling volumes realized in the Rewindo system in Germany have made and continue to make, with a steady increase, a not insignificant contribution to achieving the recycling targets of the European PVC industry's voluntary commitment Vinyl 2010 and its VinylPlus® continuation program," emphasizes Vetter. By 2030, one million tons of PVC are to be recycled annually across Europe.