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RECOVINYL ACHIEVES PVC-U RECYCLING AIMS


More than a quarter of a million tonnes of post-consumer PVC-U were recycled in Europe last year through Recovinyl, the PVC industry’s recycling initiative – comfortably exceeding its 240,000 tonnes target by the end of 2010.


The UK was a star performer, contributing around 20% to the European total of 254,814 tonnes by recycling 49,343 tonnes of post- consumer PVC in 2010. Materials collected and recycled through the Recovinyl programme included window profiles, pipes, cables, flexible and rigid PVC.


Commenting on the scheme’s success, David Wiles and Jane Gardner, of Axion Consulting, Recovinyl’s UK agents, say the figures show that Recovinyl has achieved its original aims. That is to develop markets for post-consumer PVC recyclate in the UK and to promote collection, recycling and re-use of this sustainable material.


“It’s a tremendous result and what has really helped us to deliver this target in the UK is the strong co-operation between everyone involved in the PVC industry here, along with the valuable co- ordinating role played by the BPF,” says David.


Recovinyl’s success has also spawned another industry initiative managed by Axion – Recofloor, the waste vinyl flooring recycling scheme founded by leading flooring manufacturers, Altro and Polyflor. “Both projects are of huge benefit to manufacturers who can demonstrate a sustainable approach to production of new goods made from genuinely-recyclable raw materials,” explains Jane.


Recovinyl was formed by the PVC industry body Vinyl 2010 to demonstrate commitment to sustainable development. Increasing use of recycled content in building products, such as reinforcement for PVC-U windows, has contributed to Recovinyl’s on-going success since the scheme’s 2005 launch here.


The UK’s Europe-leading performance for


PVC recycling has seen recycled rigid and flexible material being re-used in high grade applications, from new components to cills, cladding and roofline products.


“Recovinyl has been a tremendous boost for the


PVC industry in promoting the sustainability of PVC-U, which can be recycled many times without losing performance. Encouraging more companies to recycle, rather than landfill, their PVC waste has great economic and environmental benefits,” continues Jane.


“Recovinyl has clearly succeeded in achieving what it set out to do – to promote the recycling


and re-use of PVC in new products. Building products made from 100% recycled PVC-U are all examples of how the material can help the UK’s construction industry improve its commitment to sustainability.”


“Companies that source 100% recycled products


can truly demonstrate ‘closed-loop recycling’, contributing to cost-effective environmentally- friendly solutions as well as boosting their ‘green’ credentials,” she adds.


Recovinyl is established in 16 countries across Europe, including Romania, Poland and the Czech Republic. There are 30 accredited recyclers in the UK. Since its launch in April 2005, Recovinyl has exceeded all expectations by recycling more than 117,000 tonnes of post-consumer PVC waste in the UK alone.


In April, the European PVC industry will announce its plans for its next ten year voluntary programme, building on the Vinyl 2010 and Recovinyl achievements. These will be outlined at PVC 2011 – The World’s Leading Forum on Vinyl - at Brighton on April 12th.


For more information, contact Axion Consulting on 0161 426 7731 or visit the website at www.axionconsulting.co.uk.


FENSA INSTALLERS WELCOME B&Q TRADEPOINT DEAL


FENSA installers have given a warm welcome to its new partnership with B&Q, to provide an exclusive deal for FENSA registered businesses.


The partnership ensures that FENSA installers are “a better price” than anyone else at B&Q stores across the country, when using the TradePoint


Card. TradePoint, aimed specifically at the trade sector, is the new arm of B&Q.


The “best price” guarantee from TradePoint is


achievable because many items within the TradePoint catalogue will be available to ‘FENSA TradePoint’ card carriers at the discounted multi-buy price, regardless of the number of items purchased.


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