PVC recycling grows in Europe

VinylPlus group has established a goal of using 800,000 metric tons of recycled PVC plastic by 2020.

May 21, 2014
RTGE Staff
Legislation & Regulations Plastics
VinylPlus, a voluntary commitment of the European PVC (polyvinyl chloride) industry to improve PVC recycling efforts, has reported that more than 440,000 metric tons of recycled PVC plastic were used in Europe in 2013.
VinylPlus says it registered a record 444,468 metric tons of recycled PVC in 2013. The organization has established a goal of recycling 800,000 metric tons of PVC plastic by 2020. The 2013 results were presented at the 2014 Vinyl Sustainability Forum held in Rome May 8-9.

Michael Träger, chairman of VinylPlus, says, “We are very proud to show how VinylPlus is continuously progressing toward its targets. 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. It is for that reason that this year’s forum focuses on enhancing the value of partnerships and their contribution to a more sustainable future.”

Speaking at the forum, Councillor for the Environment of the Municipality of Ferrara Rossella Zadro underlined the importance of a positive collaboration between the public and private sectors at the local level. Zadro 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 VinyLoop. On this basis, public authorities can play a proactive role in proposing projects and initiatives that are beneficial for all, including for citizens.”

VinylPlus notes that in 2013, European Union (EU) regulations’ potential impact on recycling because of the presence of ‘legacy additives’ in PVC waste was a serious challenge for the industry as it has the potential to reduce the amount of PVC that can be recycled. This concern, VinylPlus says, is valid for PVC recycling, but also for many other recycled materials. VinylPlus made significant efforts to address this issue with the relevant authorities.

In 2013, VinylPlus registered a decrease of 81.4 percent in the use of lead-based stabilizers in the EU-27, compared with 2007 levels, well on target to completing their substitution by the end of 2015. In 2014, the commitment will be extended to the EU-28.

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