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Recovinyl Circular

Updated: Jun 11

Recovinyl® recycling and converting of rPVC Results: 737,645 tonnes recycled in 2023 and 469,936 tonnes of rPVC converted and registered into RecoTrace®


Recovinyl® can announce that in 2023, 737,645 tonnes of PVC waste were recycled within the Recovinyl® and VinylPlus® framework, of which 61.7% was pre-consumer waste and 38.3% post-consumer waste.


 

Progressing our circularity goals


In 2023, 737,645 tonnes of PVC waste were recycled within the VinylPlus® framework (a 9.3% decrease compared to the previous year), of which 61.7% was pre-consumer waste and 38.3% post-consumer waste.

The amount of PVC waste recycled represented around 24.3% of the total PVC waste generated in 2023 in the EU-27, Norway, Switzerland, and the UK.



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Unrelated to industry’s best efforts, recycled PVC volumes decreased due to several factors: the persistent competitive prices of virgin material, including low-priced imports, the current economic downturn in the building and construction (B&C) sector and the impacts of European regulations on legacy additives.

In 2023, recycling and converting activity declined overall in Europe—and not just in the PVC sector. This applied both to pre-consumer recycling, where lower industrial production reduced the amount of waste available, and to post-consumer recycling, which was significantly affected by a decline in the construction industry. Flooring and pipes sectors registered the most consistent decline, particularly in pre-consumer waste recycling



 

Tracking rPVC use


Demand for recycled PVC (rPVC) decreased compared to previous year, confirming the trend started in the last quarter of 2022, which was possibly also due to extremely high energy costs. The registered uptake of rPVC from converters was 469,936 tonnes in 2023, a 16.3% decrease compared to 2022.


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Thank you!


Even amidst a challenging year, we want to express our heartfelt thanks to all the recyclers and converters who consistently register their data into RecoTrace® and engage with Recovinyl®. Your dedication has played a crucial role in helping us achieve these results. We genuinely appreciate your continuous effort and support. Follow us on LinkedIn for more details.



Many thanks,

Ingrid Verschueren, General Manager

 

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