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UK post-consumer PVC recycling on the increase

Post-consumer PVC recycling is “escalating rapidly” according to the British Plastics Federation (BPF).

The comment comes in response to the annual progress report published by Vinyl 2010, which implements the European PVC industry’s voluntary 10-year commitment to improve its sustainability.

The BPF’s Vinyls group is the UK platform for Vinyl 2010, which carries out the initiative through its Voluntary Commitment Implementation Committee.

BPF director of public and industrial affairs Philip Law said: “UK post-consumer PVC recycling is now escalating rapidly with 8,300 tonnes recycled in 2005. The BFP is supervising the implementation of the Recovinyl Project in the UK, which is now in regular contact with 22 recyclers and over 100 waste collectors.”

In 2005 Vinyl 2010 saw a 110% increase in the tonnage of PVC recycled in Europe, from 18,400 tonnes in 2004 to 38,800 tonnes in 2005. But according to Vinyl 2010 studies have shown the quantities of PVC available for collection are substantially lower than estimated at the start of the programme in 2000. This has been attributed to factors such as longer-than-expected lifespans of PVC products and economic conditions that encourage the export of waste to be recycled outside of Europe.

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