Incentives For Waste Industry To Recycle PVC Building Products
19 August 2005, News release from Recovinyl
New financial incentives are now available to the UK waste management industry to encourage the recycling of post-use PVC construction waste. The incentives are being offered by Recovinyl, a major new initiative to encourage the recycling of PVC building products such as windows, pipes, rainwater goods, cladding, conduit and trunking.
Currently most PVC recycling is carried out during manufacturing or processing new products, where 95% of production waste and offcuts are recycled.
However, this new initiative is targeting the more complex post-consumer waste market, for example when properties are refurbished and the existing PVC windows or plastic gutters are discarded.
The PVC industry recognises that the process of sorting and transporting separated PVC waste has additional costs and the Recovinyl scheme is designed to help compensate waste collectors and recovery operators. The Recovinyl scheme is a European wide project funded by Vinyl 2010, the PVC industry body formed to demonstrate commitment to sustainable development. In the UK, the Recovinyl scheme is supported by the British Plastics Federation which has appointed Axion Recycling as project managers and technical advisors.
To benefit from the Recovinyl incentives, waste collection and sorting companies have to register as members. Registration is free-of-charge through Axion Recycling or online at www.recovinyl.com. Members then need to deliver their PVC waste to a waste recovery or PVC recycling company accredited by Recovinyl. Accreditation is also free-of-charge and all the main PVC recycling companies are expected to be accredited.
The commercial agreement is formed on normal terms and conditions direct between the waste collector and recycler not via Recovinyl, making the process simple.
When a Recovinyl member delivers PVC waste to an accredited Recovinyl recycler, both organisations simply log the details on-line on a secure section of the Recovinyl website. This data triggers the financial grant from Recovinyl, which is transferred direct to the waste company's bank account every 3-6 months depending on the volume of material being collected. The level of financial incentive will vary according to volume and other factors, but it is described as "significant" by Recovinyl General Manager, Eric Criel.
As well as encouraging more recycling of post-consumer PVC waste, the Recovinyl initiative is also working to create a larger market for the recycled material, creating a virtuous circle. As Roger Morton of Axion Recycling commented: "Many private domestic homes have their old PVC windows upgraded every year and there are major refurbishment projects taking place in social housing increasing the supply of used PVC frames.
"These need to be recycled rather than sent to landfill. The volume of PVC waste available nationally is substantial and the recycling facilities are in place. The challenge is to create a robust supply chain were PVC windows are de-constructed, materials separated and delivered to the recycling facility. As well as financial incentives, Recovinyl is also offering training aids and other technical support to help the UK waste industry take full advantage of this opportunity."
Dr Mercia Gick of the British Plastics Federation added: "Recovinyl is the latest in a series of initiatives that show how serious the PVC industry is about the sustainability of PVC - minimising waste, reducing energy consumption and emissions, and improving recycling. We will be calling for local authorities and public sector specifiers to make recycling of all windows - not just PVC windows - compulsory in any new refurbishment projects."
Further information on the Recovinyl scheme is available at www.recovinyl.com or from an information helpline Tel: 0870 240 2416 Fax: 0870 240 2417. Alternatively contact Axion Recycling www.axionrecycling.com; Tel: 0161 426 7731.
For further information please email Recovinyl