The European PVC industry’s sustainable development programme, VinylPlus, has reported record recycling figures for 2013.
In all, 444,468 tonnes of material were recycled, up from 362,076 tonnes in 2012 and 257,084 tonnes in 2011 when VinylPlus was established. The organisation said it was “on track” to meet its target of recycling 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020.
Speaking at the 2014 Vinyl Sustainability Forum in Rome, chairman Michael Träger said: “We are very proud to show how VinylPlus is continuously progressing toward its targets. At the heart of our commitment’s progress is the strong cooperation among PVC industry sector groups, companies, national associations and the factual contribution of our stakeholders.”
VinylPlus also claimed to have made “significant efforts” to deal with ‘legacy additives’ - substances whose use in PVC products has been discontinued but that are still contained in recycled PVC.
The presence of such additives have the potential to reduce the amount of PVC that can be recycled.
According to the organisation, there has been a decrease of 81.4% in the use of lead-based stabilisers across 27 EU member states between 2007 and 2013. VinylPlus’ goal is to completely substitute the stabilisers by 2015, by when the EU will have been expanded to 28 member states.