More than half a million tonnes of PVC were recycled in 2015 under the Europe-wide voluntary VinylPlus scheme.
The overall total of 514,913 tonnes of PVC waste is seen in the sector as good progress towards a continent-wide target of 800,000 tonnes by 2020.
The greatest volume of 508,154 tonnes was registered and certified by Recovinyl, the PVC waste collection and recycling network of 177 companies.
The figures were announced at the fourth Vinyl Sustainability Forum in Vienna. VinylPlus is the 10-year voluntary commitment of the European PVC industry covering the EU-28, Norway and Switzerland.
VinylPlus general manager Brigitte Dero presented the 2015 results and highlighted a change this year, whereby products made in Europe from virgin PVC resin no longer contain lead.
“Our progress and achievements in 2015 demonstrate how the VinylPlus voluntary commitment is contributing to addressing climate change, improving product sustainability and moving the European PVC industry towards a circular economy.”