Waste Classification

In the past, the Recovinyl funding system recognised a difference between long-life and short-life post-consumer applications. Waste was designated into two separate categories - A and B - for recording purposes. 

However, under the new Recovinyl Certification System, where the focus is on the use of recyclate rather than the generation of recyclate, the discrimination between different types of applications does not longer apply. Instead, the system looks at the post-consumer or post-industrial origin.

Recovinyl differentiates between post-consumer and post-industrial material because the origin gives a good indication of its quality and the level of reprocessing required. This, in turn, has an impact on the eventual CO2 footprint within a product life cycle analysis.

It is up to the recycler to declare the percentages of post-consumer and post-industrial material within the incoming waste stream. EuCertPlast auditors [internal link to certification section] will check the documents and perform a spot-check to validate the defined percentages. 

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How to recognise the different types of PVC waste

Post-industrial

From its appearance, it is more likely to be a mono-stream, almost pure material, usually quite clean, single colour and not typically the type found in general waste streams. This waste stream is mainly present at the professional users’ level coming frmo companies such as installers, window makers or furniture producers. 

As an example the following material can be reported as post-industrial grade PVC waste:

  • Scraps from installations of window frames and off cuts
  • Cladding installation material
  • Scrap material from installation of roller shutters
  • Waste from the production of cables
  • Ending rolls of film or laminate applications 

Post-consumer

This PVC waste-stream usually consists of mixed material, from different applications and of many different colours. The collected items have clearly been used (products at the end-of-life), look dirty and may contain traces of other materials and substances. It requires additional conditioning efforts (extra sorting, cleaning, etc.) to finalise the recycling process as well by the collector-sorter as by the recycler.

As an example the following material can be reported as post-consumer grade PVC waste:

  • Pipes removed from the ground due to renovation of damage
  • Cables recovered during a demolition
  • Window profiles replaced due to renovation
  • Advertising banners

 

Latest news

On 28th April 2016, VinylPlus, the sustainable development programme of the European PVC industry, will hold its fourth edition of the Vinyl Sustainability Forum.

Due to serious events that took place in Brussels on march 22nd, the organisers of the PRSE Show have had no other option but to cancel the show. The safety and securtity of our exhibitors, visitors, staff and suppliers remains our absolute priority.