PVC recycling continues to grow across Europe, with the UK contributing more than 20% to the total recycled through Recovinyl, the PVC industry’s recycling scheme, in 2013
A total of 435,083 tonnes of waste PVC was recycled through Recovinyl last year across its 16 European member countries. To date, the Recovinyl recycling network comprises 141 companies.
Recovinyl is the operational arm of VinylPlus, the 10-year Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry, which is tackling the sustainability challenges for PVC and delivery of current recycling targets to 2020. One of the objectives of the VinylPlus Voluntary Commitment is to recycle 800,000 tonnes of PVC waste per year by 2020, including 100,000 tonnes of difficult to recycle PVC through innovative recycling technologies.
Waste PVC-U profiles comprised 50,421 tonnes of the UK’s recycling effort in 2013, with pipes, rigid and flexible PVC films and cables making up the rest. This profile figure is equivalent to the replacement of 3 million individual frames, or more than 300,000 homes based on an average of 10 windows per house. The assumption is based on the weight of an average PVC-U window frame.
“These latest figures show that PVC recycling is maintaining its upward trend, with demand continuing to grow for good quality recycled material that can be reused in a variety of new products, from windows to flooring and advertising banners,” explained Jane Gardner, Project Manager, Axion Consulting, Recovinyl’s UK agent. “Once again, the UK has made a significant contribution to the success of PVC recycling, thanks to continuing commitment from the sector and sustained investment in recycling infrastructure across the country.”