Just over 20% of Europe’s PVC plastic that was recycled in 2014 was done in the UK.
According to the Recovinyl network, which currently comprises 160 companies, 95,525 tonnes of PVC was recycled in the UK, out of a total of 474,411 tonnes of waste PVC across 16 European member countries.
Waste PVC-U profiles comprised just over half of the PVC recycled in the UK, with pipes, rigid and flexible PVC films and cables making up the rest.
Recovinyl UK agent Axion Consulting project manager Jane Gardner said: “PVC recycling continues to grow, as revealed by these latest figures, and the UK’s achievement is testament to both ongoing commitment from the sector and sustained investment in recycling infrastructure across the country.
“Good quality recycled material can be reused sustainably in so many diverse new products, from construction products such as windows, to flooring and electrical components. Demand from manufacturers is continuing to grow.”