PVC has numerous non-construction applications which are covered by Recovinyl. For example, PVC is extensively used to make automobile seat coverings, packaging, furniture, toys and many other products. Recovinyl is currently examining how to best encourage the waste collection from segments that have not yet been involved, mostly from packaging, WEEE and ELV (end-of-live vehicles).
All PVC waste material will be either post-consumer or post-industrial.
Recovinyl’s ‘Pull Market’ concept has been created to support the re-use of as much post-consumer and post-industrial PVC from the market as possible.
Rigid PVC Applications
Construction is the main field of application for rigid PVC. As a building material, PVC is economical and easy to assemble, lightweight and requires almost no maintenance. In recent years, PVC has been replacing traditional building materials in many areas due to its longevity, durability and weatherproof properties.
Flexible PVC Applications
PVC can be made softer and more flexible by the addition of plasticisers. In this form, it is used to make clothing and upholsterylexible hoses and tubing, flooring, roofing membranes, wall coverings. etc. PVC is an excellent electrical insulator which makes it a model product in manufacturing of cabling applications.
Here is the list of some flexible post-consumer and post-industrial PVC applications that can be sorted out of the general waste stream:
Flexible PVC applications
- PVC roofing and waterproofing membranes
- Liners (swimming pools)
- PVC membranes and liners (swimming pools)
- Vinyl flooring (also off cuts from installation)
- Blood storage bags
- Blood transfusion sets
- Inhalation masks
- Surgical and examination gloves
- Office appliances
- Electrical cable and wire insulations - from construction electrical appliances and or cars.
- Textile applications
- Clothing applications
- Coated fabrics
- Canvas and coverings
- Furniture films/laminates
- Ducts for electrical cables
- Storage bags
- Footwear applications
- Flexible pond hoses