Nearly 600,000 Tonnes of PVC Recycled in 2016
The recycling of PVC has reached a new high with 568,696 t recycled in 2016 through the framework of VinylPlus, the European PVC industry sustainable development program. This was announced at PVC 2017 in Brighton, UK, on April 25th.
The triennial event is the world’s largest PVC forum providing information, education, debate and discussion on key topics for the industry. Speaking on the first day, Brigitte Dero, VinylPlus General Manager, highlighted how the achievements of the VinylPlus Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development over the past two decades had helped to turn PVC from ‘the black sheep in the plastic family to a pioneer’ and a material of choice. She stated: “VinylPlus is now recognized by external stakeholders and is considered by many as a frontrunner for the circular economy. We reached this position by achieving significant and concrete results and have consistently demonstrated our commitment through action.”
A cumulative total of more than 3.5 million tonnes of PVC has been recycled since 2000 thanks to the efforts of VinylPlus. The largest volumes are from window profiles, followed by cables and flexible applications, pipes and fittings. The target is to recycle 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020. VinylPlus places paramount importance on the safety and quality of recycled PVC, which is supported by traceability and certification schemes for recyclates. With recycling increasing year-on-year, work is underway to include schemes like EuCertPlast as standard criteria for secondary raw materials. This would stimulate demand and help to prevent the loss of these valuable materials from a circular economy.
Other recent achievements include the development of an Additives Sustainability Framework - a new science-based system for assessing the sustainable use of additives in PVC products. The first ASF is almost complete for window profiles.
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