Sustainable development programme VinylPlus has announced that it has recycled 639,648 tonnes of PVC during 2017.
At its Sustainability Forum in Madrid, which was held on 16th and 17th May, it explored how the vinyl sector and its products can help provide essential services for growing sectors including healthcare and housing.
Presenting the 2017 results, VinylPlus general manager Brigitte Dero spoke about the key achievements the programme has made, including recycling 639,648 tonnes of PVC last year, reaching almost 80% of the 2020 recycling target.
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She said: “With the adoption of the European Commission’s ‘Strategy for Plastics in the Circular Economy’, recycling is gaining a more prominent place and will have a strong influence on the entire plastics value chain.”
Other achievements include the implementation for the window profile sector of the VinylPlus® Product Label.
The Product Label looks at PVC applications for the building and construction sector and aims to help specifiers, consumers and procurement decision makers to identify PVC products and solutions that contribute to sustainable development.
Brigitte Dero added: “Our Voluntary Commitment does more than contribute to the circular economy. It also tackles many other sustainable development themes, including energy and climate change, and responsible use of additives. All of these have been integrated into our VinylPlus® Product Label.”
VinylPlus has said that it is aiming at the sustainable management of PVC along the entire lifecycle and is taking actions with targets and deadlines to achieve these results.