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Recovinyl primed to beat 2007 PVC-U recycling targets

Recycling scheme Recovinyl expects to beat its PVC-U recycling target for 2007. Recently released figures show more than 15,000 tonnes had already been recycled by the end of June. This is a greater volume than was recycled in the whole of 2006. Launched in 2005, the scheme encourages plastic recycling for items from window and door frames to cable management products. Recycled material goes back into new products and the scheme welcomes increasing use of recycled PVC-U products in new builds. Recovinyls UK agents Axion Recycling director Roger Morton said: At this rate, we look set to beat the 30,000 tonnes target by the end of year. Major investment in new plant and equipment by many of our recyclers has resulted in significant increases in volumes, with particular growth in post-consumer windows. We are now seeing a great deal of interest in flexible PVC, with greater amounts of cable from building and construction projects coming through. Flooring and signage are two other areas showing increased interest, which we expect to result in significant tonnage growth over the next 12 months. Recovinyl is also working with manufacturers who are keen to include high grade recycled content in their products, such as the DIY and computer sectors. Morton added: Advanced recycling techniques are providing high quality PVC and other plastic recyclate that can successfully be reused in a variety of new products. Recovinyl is funded by the PVC industry body Vinyl 2010 formed to demonstrate commitment to sustainable development. It is backed by the British Plastics Federation and supported by the Waste & Resources Action Programme

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