In 2019, more than 771,000 tons of depreciated PVC were recycled. This is stated in the VinylPlus Progress Report 2020 that was published Thursday June 4. The total number of tons of recycled PVC, 771,313 to be precise, is an increase of 4.3 percent compared to 2018. This is another step closer to the target of 800,000 tons of recycled PVC by 2020. VinylPlus calculated that with the recycling 1.5 million tons of CO2 emissions have been saved. Demand for recycled hard PVC remained very high. 47 percent of the recycled PVC comes from written-off window profiles (363,137 tons). More than 5 percent comes from written-off PVC pipes (approx. 40,000 tons). Due to reduced exports to China, more flexible PVC was also available in Europe last year for recycling.
VinylPlus is the sustainability program of the entire PVC industry. PVC producers, manufacturers, additive suppliers and recycling companies participate in the program. Shin-Etsu is also affiliated with VinylPlus.