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PVC recycling boosted by new Quality Protocol

The new Quality Protocol for non-packaging plastics has boosted PVC recycling significantly, according to solutions processor for recycling waste materials, Axion Consulting.

It believes the new quality assurance has made it easier and less expensive for UK manufacturers to confidently use recycled waste plastic rather than exporting it or sending it to landfill.

The Protocol was introduced by the Waste Resources & Action Programme with the Environment Agency.

Axion Consulting director Roger Morton said: Its a positive step as the Protocol will increase the marketability of PVC recycling which is still a relatively young sector and open up fresh market opportunities for PVC recycler across the UK that can supply high quality chip for use in new products.

Selling PVC chip as a product not only saves a melting process and precious energy but it increases its perceived value and quality to purchasers, as well as reducing the need for virgin materials.

Additionally, Axion calculated collecting and recycling recovered PVC produces just 120kg of CO2 per tonne compared to a whopping 1,900kg of CO2 to produce one tonne of virgin PVC.

Plastics recyclers who comply with the Quality Protocol assure the quality and consistency of their materials. This has removed the waste tag from recovered plastic and can be sold as a product to be used in a variety of new items, such as garden furniture or in construction.

Click here for the MRW story on the Quality Protocol.

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