VinylPlus keeps on raising the bar: a PVC recycling record!

VinylPlus, the sustainable development programme of the European PVC industry of which
Teppfa is an active member, recycled a record 444,468 tonnes of PVC in 2013 – keeping the industry on track to meet the challenge of recycling 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020.

The plastic pipe and fittings industry in Europe contributed around 80.000 tonnes in 2013.

VinylPlus Chairman Michael Träger said: “We are very proud to show how VinylPlus is continuously progressing toward its targets. At the heart of our commitment’s progress is the strong cooperation among PVC industry sector groups, companies, national associations and the factual contribution of our stakeholders”. He added “our commitment is strong and we will continue to guarantee maximum efforts in driving the PVC industry towards a greener economy and to promote a more sustainable model of industrial production at global level, by spreading our approach, experience and best practices”.

In 2013, EU regulations’ impact on ‘legacy additives’[1] in recyclates were a critical challenge for the industry as they have the potential to reduce the amount of PVC that can be recycled. VinylPlus made significant efforts to address this issue with the relevant authorities.

In 2013 VinylPlus registered a decrease of 81.4% in the use of lead-based stabilisers in the EU-27 compared to 2007 levels, well on target to completing their substitution by the end of 2015. In 2014, the commitment will be extended to the EU-28.

Raising sustainability awareness is a key component of the VinylPlus programme. In 2013, VinylPlus’ Voluntary Commitment, its progress and its achievements were presented through active participation in high-level conferences, events and exhibitions at European and global level. In November 2013, VinylPlus became a member of the Green Industry Platform (GIP), a joint initiative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

More information on VinylPlus can be found at www.vinylplus.eu.

 

[1] ‘Legacy additives’ are substances whose use in PVC products has been discontinued but that are contained in recycled PVC.