Uses of recycled PVC highlighted at the one-day event in Manchester, U.K.
Recovinyl-accredited PVC recyclers promoted uses of recycled PVC during the British Plastics Federation’s one-day seminar on Oct. 3. The seminar was held in support of the U.K. forum’s emphasis on sustainability within the PVC industry in the U.K.
According to Recovinyl, innovative applications for recycled PVC, including its use in new windows, flooring and building products, were to be presented by VEKA Recycling Ltd, part of the VEKA UK Group, PVC Recycling Ltd, Polyflor and Recofloor, the UK’s vinyl flooring recycling scheme, at the event, held in Manchester, U.K.
Entitled ‘PVC Products: Promoting Social Responsibility in Procurement Decision Making’, the day offered scope for specifiers, PVC converters, PVC product sales and marketing professionals to learn about the future opportunities and challenges facing the industry.
Following a keynote address on current regulations by Sajjad Karim MEP, the European Parliament representative on the VinylPlus Monitoring Committee, discussion topics ranged from PVC recycling to sustainable procurement. Among them was a presentation titled "PVC Flooring – An Olympic case study" by Tracy Perry, sustainability and environmental advisor at Altro Floors.
Jane Gardner, senior consultant at Axion Consulting and the U.K. agent for Recovinyl, says: “The success of the Recovinyl scheme and its PVC recyclers is testament to the ongoing industry commitment to more sustainable practices, as well as meeting growing demand for greater recycled content in new PVC products.”
Philip Law, public and industrial affairs director of the BPF, comments: “Recovinyl and its team of recyclers are a crucial part of the sustainability story for PVC and are playing an important role in helping the industry fulfil the social responsibility requirements of major end users. The exhibition adjoining the seminar will provide a first class opportunity for users of PVC recyclate to meet the suppliers.”
Recovinyl also is an initiative of VinylPlus, the 10-year Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry, which is tackling the sustainability challenges for PVC and delivery of fresh recycling targets to 2020.