Other Recycling Projects
The Ebene project on end-of-life professional furniture was initiated in France in 2014 by SFEC. In 2016, the project focused on enhancing recycling.
Since 2015, VinylPlus has supported the recycling consortium Resysta®, which produces a wood-like material based on rice husk and PVC, homogeneously connected in the polymer matrix, and recyclable after use. The consortium includes a number of VinylPlus partner companies across several industry sectors.
RecoMed is a partnership project between the British Plastics Federation (BPF) and Axion Consulting (the UK agent of Recovinyl), launched in the UK in 2014. It aims to collect and recycle non-contaminated PVC medical products, such as IV solution bags, oxygen masks, oxygen tubing and anaesthetic masks. RecoMed currently involves nine hospitals, with another three in the process of joining, and it is extending its scheme to veterinary clinics and university training facilities.
In 2016, it collected 1,394 kg of PVC waste, including in excess of 60,000 oxygen masks and tube sets. RecoMed is the winner of the Sustainability INOVYN Awards 2016.
In Denmark, the WUPPI scheme focuses on the collection and recycling of rigid PVC. Set up in 2003, WUPPI now operates in more than 80% of the country's municipalities. WUPPI currently works with a Dutch recycler, due to the fact that Danish legislation forbids the use of recyclates containing legacy substances.
In Italy, WREP, a joint technical project led by PVC Forum Italia aimed to define the amount of PVC available for recycling in Italy; evaluate the quantities currently recycled; and devise a pilot collection scheme to improve the collection and recycling of PVC waste. The project involved DAE srl, the Italian agent of Recovinyl, and Plastic Consult. The analysis showed that less than half of the PVC potentially available for recycling is currently being recycled. This is mainly because collection points are scattered around the territory and the majority of recyclers are micro and small enterprises, which are affected more by the complex regulatory framework. Several meetings were organised with the competent authorities, and discussions are ongoing to set up a pilot project to collect and sort end-of-life PVC products in the Venice area.
VinyLoop® is a physical, solvent-based technology that can recycle difficult-to-treat, end-of-life PVC waste and produces high-quality R-PVC (recycled PVC) compounds. The VinyLoop® technology is available for licensing worldwide.
In 2016, the VinyLoop Ferrara plant produced 3,777 tonnes of R-PVC, a decline of 16.2% from 2015. VinyLoop® has been granted REACH authorisation to sell R-PVC containing DEHP. Nevertheless, the air-monitoring and bio-monitoring controls ECHA requested of downstream users cause unease in the market, reducing demand for VinyLoop® R-PVC.
An Eco-Footprint Study (reviewed by the independent testing organisation DEKRA Industrial GmbH, which confirmed its compliance with the ISO standards 14040-44 for Life Cycle Assessment) compared the environmental impact of one kilogram of VinyLoop® R-PVC with one kilogram of PVC compound produced via a conventional route.
The results showed that the Primary Energy Demand (PED) of the VinyLoop® R-PVC is 47% lower; the Global Warming Potential (GWP 100a) is reduced by 40% and the Water Consumption by 76%. For further information or to download VinyLoop® White Paper, visit www.vinyloop.com.