More than 360,000 tonnes of PVC were recycled in Europe last year as part of a ten-year voluntary programme to develop a sustainable European PVC industry.
The VinylPlus programme has produced a progress report on its second year of operation, and said it was on track to meet is target of recycling 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020.
Last year, lead stabiliser use was down 76% in the EU compared to 2007 levels, according to VinylPlus. The target is to remove it completely by the end of 2015.
VinylPlus defines recycled PVC as a discarded PVC product or semifinished product that is diverted from waste for use within a new product. Processed waste is included, provided it is not reused in the same process that generated the waste.
Chairman Filipe Constant said the industry was moving towards a circular economy model which puts end-of-life materials back into the production stream.
VinylPlus taskforces are studying the environmental footprint of PVC production, how to use renewable energy in their processes, the sustainable use of additives.
A VinylPlus label for PVC products has also been developed in collaboration with NGO The Natural Step and the UK certification body BRE.