PVC recycling by application
Window profiles and pipes
Window profiles are the largest PVC application, using approximately 1.3 million tons of resin annually, in the EU-27. Pipes are second, using about 1 million tonnes of resin per year.
The amounts of profiles, pipes and flexible products recycled in any year can be found in the annual progress reports of VinylPlus.
Collection and recycling schemes were initially created to deal with waste streams from specific applications, mirroring the way the converting industry is organised. This was replaced by the Recovinyl® collection scheme in the aim to enhance efficiency.