UK recycles more PVC
More end-of-life PVC waste is being recycled than ever
before, despite the challenging economic times, according
to Recovinyl, UK’s PVC recycling initiative.
Figures for the first 9 months of 2009 show that just
over 20 percent more grade B or end-of-life material,
mainly PVC-U window and door frames that have been removed
from properties, was recycled compared to the same period
in 2008. During the same period, 9,212 tons were collected
for recycling, compared to 7,610 for the same period
to end of September 2008.
It is the first time that recycling volumes for end-of-life
PVC have overtaken that for other types of PVC waste,
such as PVC offcuts, mismeasured windows and cable waste,
since the organization began compiling UK statistics
Describing this as a ‘considerable achievement’, Roger
Morton, of Axion Consulting, the program’s agents, said
the figures show that Recovinyl is achieving its original
aim of developing markets for post-consumer PVC recyclate
in the UK and to promote collection, recycling and re-use
of the material.
In financial terms, landfill tax is rising each year
and is in addition to disposal costs charged by waste
Last year, nearly 43,000 tons of post-use PVC products
– mostly PVC-U profile – were recycled in the UK. However,
although overall volumes for 2009 are expected to be
down, Recovinyl said trends are looking more positive
for the final quarter.
Morton said volumes of post-consumer PVC waste being
recycled have held up well, despite the difficult economic
climate and lower levels of activity in the construction
“Refurbishment is still happening as evidenced by the
increased amount of end-of-life PVC waste arising from
the removal of previously-installed PVC products, such
as window and door frames,” said Morton.
His comments are echoed by Ian Murray, MD, of Manchester-based
Recovinyl-accredited PVC Recycling Ltd, which specializes
in reprocessing post-consumer PVC frames. Recycled material
is used in diverse new applications, from PVC windows
and soffits to equestrian fencing.
“Recession or not, we’ve been seeing frames coming in,
so companies are fitting new ones – and recycling those
coming out,” said Murray. “In fact, October was one of
our best months as we recycled 364 tons.”
In a report by Vinyl 2010 earlier this year, the UK achieved
second place out of 15 countries in a European table
for recycling PVC post-consumer waste, mainly from the
building and construction sectors.
The UK contributed more than 21 percent to the European
total of nearly 195,000 tons by recycling nearly 43,000
tons of post-consumer PVC in 2008. In 2007, 42,162 tons
of post-consumer PVC from the UK was recycled.