Growth in the amount of PVC being recycled in the UK has been borne out by an increase in tonnages recorded by industry recycling scheme Recovinyl.
In 2007, 42,162 tonnes of recycled PVC was registered but this is expected to increase to more than 50,000 tonnes by the end of 2008.
Recovinyls UK agent Axion Recycling said that this reflects increasing awareness of the need to recycle rigid plastic and infrastructure growth.
Axion commercial director Roger Morton said: As well as diverting PVC from landfill, recycling preserves natural resources with associated savings in energy and provides a significant reduction in carbon emissions compared to using virgin polymer. Manufacturing a new building product from recycled PVC saves 94% of CO2 emissions compared to production using virgin material.
Judging by the level of enquiries we have received from businesses wanting to recycle their waste PVC, we expect recycling rates to break new records again by the end of the year.