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05-25-2010

Vinyl 2010: Progress Report

Vinyl 2010 is the 10-year plan to minimise the environmental impact of PVC production, promote the responsible use of additives, support collection and recycling schemes, and encourage social dialogue between all the industry’s stakeholders.

The initiative’s ninth Progress Report was presented during its annual General Assembly held in London. In the final year of the Voluntary Commitment, made by the PVC industry back in 2000, the report highlights the progress made in 2009 towards achieving its targets.

Despite the difficult global economic situation which has heavily affected this sector, 190,324 tonnes of post consumer PVC were recycled in 2009, keeping the industry on track to fulfil its commitment to recycle 200,000 tonnes of post-consumer PVC recycling a year by 2000. A total of 688,674 tonnes have been recycled since the beginning of the programme.

In addition to the recycling achievement, Vinyl 2010 reports that by 2010 PVC resin manufacturers from new EU Member States will join their peers from the original EU 15 member states in being audited against the Vinyl 2010 charter for PVC production and that progressive substitution of lead-based stabilisers continues at a fast pace, well ahead of the Commitment target, having been reduced in the EU-15 by more than 68 % since 2000.

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