The whole PVC industry, and not just the pipes sector, is actively working to ensure that PVC is a sustainable material playing its part in society.

Vinyl 2010 — the Voluntary Commitment of the PVC Industry was a 10 year programme covering all phases of the product lifecycle, from production to disposal. A large part of this commitment led towards the recycling of more than 200,000 tonnes of post consumer waste by 2010. Building upon the achievement of Vinyl 2010, the European PVC industry has launched VinylPlus, a new and more ambitious 10-year sustainable development programme.

The PVC pipe industry is an integral part of this programme and it is currently working to increase the recycling of PVC pipes across the EU. Collection schemes have been introduced and recycling undertaken through a project managed by the European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA) with the support of Recovinyl.