Earlier this month, VinylPlus group announced their goal of recycling 800,000 tons of PVC by 2020. With PVC recycling growing all over Europe, the signs are looking promising. Read on to find out more about PVC recycling.

PVC, or Polyvinyl chloride is often used in construction due to it’s being much more effective than other materials such as copper, iron or wood. It’s often used in the plumbing trade and also for electrical cable insulation, where it replaces rubber.

It’s the third most popular plastic produced in the world today. It’s made using common salt and hydrocarbon feedstocks, so it’s production is actually relatively easy on the environment. However, it’s durable nature means that it takes a long time to be broken down, and needs to be recycled mechanically in order to produce good quality recycling material.

Once recycled it can be reused in so many different ways, for example in the production of windows, drainage pipes and even clothing.

At the Vinyl Sustainability Forum held in Rome at the start of this month the voluntary commitment wing of the European PVC industry, VinylPlus, announced that 2013 saw 444,468 metric tons of PVC recycled across Europe. The organization also announced that it had set the target of 800,000 metric tons of PVC plastic to be recycled by 2020.

The announcement was greeted with enthusiasm by those who attended the forum, with Rossella Zadro Councillor for the Environment of the Municipality of Ferrara in particular thank VinylPlus for their commitment to recycling used PVC. She said, it is “very important that public authorities listen to, understand and have a continuous dialogue with industries implanted in their region, as is the case with VinylLoop.”

She went on to say “public authorities can play a proactive role in proposing projects and initiatives that are beneficial for all.”

Chairman for VinylPlus, Michael Träger expressed pride in the work that the authority was doing. He said that the cooperation of the PVC industry had been particularly cooperative in helping them to achieve their goals. He said, “at the heart of our commitment’s progress is the strong cooperation among PVC industry sector groups, companies, national associations and the factual contribution of our stakeholders.”

VinylPlus revealed that 2013 registered a decrease of 81.4% in the use of lead-based stabilizers in the EU-27, which bodes well for a 2015 target of totally substituting lead-based stabilizers in the production of PVC.

And if all this talk of recycling has got you thinking about clearing some space in your home or office, then why not get in touch with us today. We will collect and recycle your old WEEE products for free and you can be sure that whatever we collect will be recycled properly and not just left in landfill sites or rubbish dumps.

To find out more about our recycling packages, give us a ring now on 01925 242 223.