740,000 tonnes of PVC recycled
VinylPlus, the voluntary commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, recycled 739,525 tonnes of PVC within its framework in 2018 – a 15.6% increase on the previous year.
The results were presented at the 2019 edition of the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum in Prague, Czech Republic, in May, where the industry shared further progress towards increasing the sustainability performance of PVC.
Despite regulatory constraints, VinylPlus general manager Brigitte Dero announced that the PVC industry recycled an all-time high of nearly 740,000 tonnes – 92.4% of VinylPlus’s 2020 target. Recovinyl remains the main contributor, registering 734,568 tonnes of recycled PVC. Cumulatively, almost five million tonnes of PVC have been recycled since 2000.
“VinylPlus continues to be a frontrunner for the circular economy,” Brigitte said. “Through our voluntary commitment, we are making continuous progress towards our sustainability goals amid the development of EU policies impacting the plastics sector.
“For almost 20 years, VinylPlus has led the way towards a circular economy by improving the sustainability performance of PVC. By forging ever-greater collaborations and partnerships in pursuit of our sustainability goals, we will take our industry voluntary commitment to ever greater heights.”