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At the beginning of March, the PVC Recycling Campaign also participated in the 22nd Demolition Conference by running a joint stand. More than 800 demolition and recycling specialists from all over Europe made the most of the event as an opportunity to discuss current topics in the industry. At the PVC Recycling Campaign stand, for example, participants in the Demolition Conference were able to find out more about recycling solutions for flooring, roofing membranes, windows, doors, roller shutters, tarpaulins and pipes made of PVC throughout Germany. Alongside AGPU representatives, the stand was also manned by experts from the German Association for the Recycling of PVC Floor Coverings (AgPR), the window recycling company Rewindo and Roofcollect, the recycling system for plastic roofing and waterproofing membranes.

„When it comes to the procurement of important secondary raw materials for the successful implementation of our recycling solutions, demolition companies are, of course, extremely important contacts as potential suppliers of raw materials“, explained the AGPU recycling expert and Rewindo Managing Director Michael Vetter.

Mid November, the third and final regional meeting in the „PVC Recyclers Meet PVC Processors“ series of events held by AGPU and VinylPlus took place in Behringen (Germany). Aaround 70 participants attended at the events this year. Like previous events in Troisdorf and Stuttgart, the event in Behringen yet again attracted a great deal of interest from the industry. Around 25 participants made the most of the opportunity to present their products, services and requirements in person at the meeting. One of the participants at the event, which was held on the factory premises of the reycling company VEKA Umwelttechnik, was Bernhard Helbing, the President of the German Association of Windows and Facades („Verband Fenster + Fassade“ – VFF), who expressly mentioned the success in PVC recycling.

The next step will be a documentation summarising the results of all three meetings. After the successful launch of the series of PVC recycling events in 2012/2013 and their equally successful continuation this year, the concept is now being reviewed and adjusted.

Recovering valuable raw materials in the city may initially sound rather bizarre but is actually considered to be a modern approach to the efficient extraction of resources that is better known as “urban mining” in the demolition industry. A recent project carried out as part of the „Aktion PVC-Recycling“ campaign in Marl (Germany) is evidence that the selective deconstruction of three multi-storey buildings has already been common and successful practice for quite some time.

Alongside large amounts of concrete and metals, the project enabled also 500 disused plastic windows and around 20 tons of PVC flooring to be recovered from the group of buildings dating back to the 1960s. Thanks to Rewindo’s plastics recycling partner Tönsmeier Kunststoffe, these old PVC windows were used to produce ground material that is used as a source material for high-quality granulate, that is nearly 100-percent homogeneous and serves as a raw material for the production of new window and building profiles.

The PVC flooring was also professionally processed using mechanical recycling at the facility run by the German Association for the Recycling of PVC Floor Coverings (AgPR) in Troisdorf. The fine PVC ground material obtained in these processes is used in applications such as the production of new vinyl flooring.

AGPU’s PVC Recycling Finder is still an extremely popular tool. This is not only proven by its increasing numbers of visitors, with a current total of over 5000 page visits pro quarter, but also the multitude of individual enquiries answered by the experts at the AGPU office in Bonn month after month.

After the last major revision of the website three years ago, AGPU has now again updated its information platform on buyers and suppliers of PVC waste, recycled material and recycled PVC products. Alongside a new user-friendlier design, the website’s database has also been further optimised. Now, users can not only find addresses, contact details, terms and conditions of acceptance and material specifications, but also information such as details on available certificates, which are becoming increasingly important in the competitive environment and are often stipulated as a prerequisite for business relations with converters. 61 recyclers are currently listed in the AGPU PVC Recycling Finder.

The Recycling Finder is additionally attracting a great deal of interest also from VinylPlus, which plans to set up its own system to make recycling more visible. Synergies can be used by all other partners and members of VinylPlus and AGPU who support the sustainable development of PVC.

http://www.pvcrecyclingfinder.de/

In late September the second regional meeting of the „PVC Recyclers Meet PVC Processors“ series of events held by AGPU and VinylPlus took place in Stuttgart (Germany), hosted by Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK). The participants made the most of the opportunity to briefly present their products, services and requirements to possible business partners in person, to discuss details and to reach first agreements for possible cooperation. The meeting was yet again a success for all those involved.

The third and final event this year will take place at VEKA Umwelttechnik in Behringen (Germany) on 12th November. Several participants have already signed up to attend the meeting and AGPU is happy to accept further registrations. Please contact Ms Julia Gogos at the AGPU office for details.

After the successful first regional meeting in the „PVC Recyclers Meet PVC Processors“ series of events in Troisdorf (Germany) at the end of June, the next event in the series held by AGPU and VinylPlus took place on 22nd September at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) in Stuttgart. Around 15 experts joint the event and made the most of the opportunity to present their products, services or requirements and to expand their network.

The third and final regional meeting this year will take place at VEKA UT in Thuringia on 12th November.

After the successful first regional meeting in the „PVC Recyclers Meet PVC Processors“ series of events in Troisdorf (Germany) at the end of June, the next event in the series held by AGPU and VinylPlus will take place after the summer break, namely on 22nd September, at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) in Stuttgart. The first participants have already signed up for the event. Register now and make the most of the opportunity to present your products, services or requirements in the „speed dating“ session or individual discussions and to expand your network.

For more information, please contact the AGPU office. You can also contact the office to sign up to attend the event. If you know any colleagues and/or business partners who may also be interested to join, please feel free to pass on our invitation and contact details. The third and final regional meeting this year will take place at VEKA UT in Hörselberg-Hainich on 12th November.

False statements concerning PVC in the field of demolition and disposal are still a persistent problem, particularly in publications released by public authorities. In its „Abfallfibel“ waste guide, for example, the Main-Spessart district of Germany warns its residents against using all PVC products across the board. According to the district authorities, both the production and disposal of PVC cause significant damage to the environment and also involve the addition of problematic additives such as plasticisers, lead and cadmium. The „Brandenburg Guidelines for the Demolition of Buildings“ (Brandenburger Leitfaden für den Rückbau von Gebäuden) published by the Ministry of Rural Development, Environment and Agriculture of the German Federal State of Brandenburg, on the other hand, list all plasticisers across the board in the category of „Harmful Substances“ that can be found in PVC.

AGPU will continue to take action in these cases in order to correct such false statements.

The automotive industry is a very important area for PVC applications that promotes and supports the image of PVC. When used in automotive engineering, the material is particularly impressive thanks to its wide range of different applications and processing options, its made-to-measure product attributes and its excellent price-performance ratio. Nowadays, an average European car contains around 16 kilograms of PVC compound material, which can above all be found in car interiors, underbody protection, joint seals, door panels and cables. Against this background, the automotive magazine „Automobilwoche“ recently featured a report declaring that recycling is becoming increasingly important in the field of automotive engineering and using statements made by the car manufacturers BMW, Daimler and Opel to confirm this fact.

According to the article, around 25 percent of the thermoplastics used in the BMW i3 are made of different recycled materials. The manufacturer of the Opel Adam claims that 170 components in the vehicle use recycled plastics, while Daimler states that its current Mercedes S-Class contains a total weight of 49.7 kilograms of recycled products, 134 percent more than in the previous generation. The companies do not, however, reveal precisely which recycled materials are re-used in their vehicles or what quantities of these materials they use.

By the year 2020, the PVC industry aims to achieve an annual recycling volume of 800,000 tons within the framework of the European sustainability programme VinylPlus. With approximately 100,000 tons of regrind material from profile sections and scrap PVC windows, doors and roller shutters, the company Rewindo and its recycling partners yet again made an important contribution towards this target in Germany in the year 2014. „We were able to achieve a particularly significant increase in terms of the recycling of scrap windows and recorded growth in double figures compared to 2013 with a total of over 24,800 tons of PVC regrind material“, declares the AGPU recycling expert and Rewindo Managing Director Michael Vetter. Calculations made using the Online CO2 Calculator provided by the company DEKRA revealed that every ton of recycled PVC material used prevents approximately 1.87 tons of CO2 emissions compared to primary PVC material.

According to the recycling expert, the quality of this recycled material is just as high as that of new PVC material in terms of mechanical properties. Rewindo also expects its annual recycling quantities to continue to increase over the next few years. The requirements of both the EU Building Directive and national regulations such as the German Energy Savings Ordinance (EnEV 2014) have led to energy-efficient renovations of existing residential buildings on a larger scale. The replacement of old windows involved in such renovation work normally forms part of the thermal insulation concept.

The new volume flow record, „Kunststofffenster-Recycling in Zahlen 2014“ (‚Plastic Window Recycling in Numbers 2014‘), can be downloaded from the Rewindo website.