Where PVC waste occurs
Post-consumer (also called post-use) waste
This waste consists of products which have fulfilled their service life, coming various domestic and industry sectors.
The majority of PVC products are long-life:in building and construction, for example, estimated lifespans of 50-100 years are not unrealistic. As a result, the quantity of used PVC items entering the waste stream is still relatively small, less than half the production of PVC products. However, this situation will change over time as greater numbers of these PVC products approach the end of their useful economic lives, and begin to slowly increase the volume of the PVC waste stream.
The renovation or refurbishing of buildings will provide the first supplies of such long-lasting PVC products.