Europe makes progress on vinyl recycling

Europe makes progress on vinyl recycling

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Nearly 397,000 tons of PVC were recycled in Europe in 2012 as part of the decade-long VinylPlus program.

Envisioned as a way to both improve the recycling of PVC as well as reduce the negative environmental attributes associated with the material, the VinylPlus program includes over 175 companies, government entities and partner organizations across Europe. In outlining its progress last year, the organization pointed out that the use of lead stabilizers is down 76 percent from 2007 levels, and is expected to be phased out completely by 2015. Additionally, the organization rolled out specific safety data sheets for PVC recycling firms and continued work on commercializing VinyLoop — a solvent that can aid in processing difficult-to-recycle PVC scrap.

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