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End-of-life PVC recycling increases 20 per cent

End-of-life PVC recycling increased by 20 per cent in 2009 its highest ever levels, despite the recession.

In the first nine months of 2009, the PVC industrys recycling initiative, Recovinyl, has reported a 20 per cent increase on end of life material - such as PVC-U window and door frames against the same period in 2008.

Figures show that 9,212 tonnes of PVC-U were collected for recycling in 2009 and just 7,610 tonnes collected in 2008.

The schemes UK agents Axion Consulting director Roger Morton said: There is definitely an upward trend for end of life PVC recycling as these figures show and we are very pleased that
there are more recyclers specialising in this type of waste.

It is a considerable achievement and Recovinyl has clearly succeeded in achieving what it set out to do to promote the recycling and re-use of PVC in new products. Encouraging more companies to recycle, rather than landfill, their PVC waste has great economic and environmental benefits.

It is the first time recycling volumes for end of life PVC have overtaken other types of PVC waste recycling such as offcuts, mis-measured windows and cable waste.

Last year, nearly 43,000 tonnes of post-use PVC products were recycled in the UK.

Recovinyl accredited PVC Recycling managing director Ian Murray said: Recession or not, weve been seeing frames coming in, so companies are fitting new ones and recycling those coming out.

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