Recycling

With 514,913 tonnes of PVC waste recycled in 2015 (a 7% increase on the previous year), VinylPlus continues to progress toward its recycling targets. The windows and profiles sector continued to drive recycling volumes, accounting for around 45% of the total. A significant increase of recycled PVC was registered in Italy, thanks to reinforcement of the Recovinyl network.
PVC recycled 2015


Using recycled PVC helps meet resource-efficiency targets and allows the preservation of natural resources. It has been calculated that CO2 savings of up to 92% are achieved when PVC is recycled: recycled PVC’s primary Energyenergy demand is typically between 45% to 90% lower than virgin PVC production (depending on type of PVC and the recycling process).

Furthermore, according to a conservative estimation, for each kg of PVC Co2recycled, 2 kg of CO2 are saved. On this basis, CO2 savings from PVC recycling in Europe is now at around 1 million tonnes of CO2 saved per year.

According to a study by TAUW, an independent European consulting and engineering company, on average one employee is needed to recycle 500 tonnes/year of PVC. Hence the 514,913 tonnes of PVC recycled in 2015 contributed to the creation of more Jobsthan 1,000 direct jobs in recycling plants.

As part of the VinylPlus mid-term review, in 2015 the Controlled-Loop Committee carried out a detailed analysis of estimated volumes of PVC expected to be recycled by 2020, involving all the main PVC industry sectors. Key findings, also supported by a report from the consultancy firm Consultic, include a best-case estimate as well as a worst-case scenario for the case of regulatory constraints on both DEHP in flexible and lead in rigid PVC.

Since regulatory constraints related to the presence of legacy additives are still considered the major threat to recycling post-consumer waste, the Controlled-Loop Committee continued and will continue to give its technical support to ongoing discussions, including those at EU Member-State level.