November 2017 / PVC used by construction industry recyclable

Collecting used plastics for sorting and recycling is evidently a matter of goodwill. Some industries have high performance ratings, such as the construction industry which is the second largest consumer of polymers after the packaging industry.

Out of the 10 million tons of plastics that the construction industry uses every year, almost half is made of PVC. Although PVC is very versatile, the material had a rather negative image twenty years ago, as it was considered to be non-recyclable.

The industry therefore took the bull by the horns and put all efforts into making PVC recyclable with its VinylPlus programme. That objective has been achieved, and the industry is extremely effective in terms of sorting and recycling processes, leading to potentially over 800,000 tons of PVC being recycled every year by 2020.



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