Neville Prior

UK PVC recycling hits 89,000 tonnes in 2013

Neville Prior  18 June 2014 08:46:12 PM
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New figures from Recovinyl, the PVC industry’s recycling scheme, showed the UK contributed more than a fifth of the total amount of the material recycled across Europe last year. A total of 435,083 tonnes of waste PVC was recycled through Recovinyl in 2013 across the scheme’s 16 European member states. The UK recycled 88,648, 20.4% of the total.

Jane Gardner, project manager at Axion Consulting, Recovinyl’s UK agent, said the UK had made a “significant contribution to the success of PVC recycling, thanks to ongoing commitment from the sector and sustained investment in recycling infrastructure across the country”. Potential new recycling opportunities for PVC included non-infectious medical PVC waste from hospitals, such as IV Fluid and oxygen bags. This type of waste is the focus of a new VinylPlus-funded research project undertaken jointly by Axion Consulting and the British Plastics Federation’s Vinyls Group. “We are now looking to collect and recycle PVC from new sources, such as non-pharmacologically active waste from hospitals,” said Gardner. “Trials would be based on a successful Australian study and we would be interested to hear from organisations looking to explore these recycling options, such as medical and care organisations,” she added.

Gardner said the latest figures showed PVC recycling was maintaining its upward trend with demand continuing to grow for good quality recycled material that could be reused in a variety of new products. Waste PVC-U profiles comprised 50,421 tonnes of the UK’s recycling effort in 2013, with pipes, rigid and flexible PVC films and cables making up the rest. Recovinyl is the operational arm of VinylPlus, a 10-year voluntary commitment of the European PVC industry. One of the voluntary commitment’s aims is to recycle 800,000 tonnes of waste PVC by 2020.
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