By: Richard Krock, The Vinyl Institute,
Stephen Tarnell, Tarnell Company, LLC
Recycling of vinyl materials has been ongoing and robust for decades. As a result, several markets have developed for applications that consume these reclaimed materials. The Vinyl Institute contracted with Tarnell Company, LLC to survey recycling firms in North America and confirmed that some 1 billion pounds of vinyl materials were recycled in 2013. Increasing recycled content in vinyl products contributes to reducing the carbon footprint of vinyl products, which corresponds with the American Institute of Architects sustainability policy goal of carbon neutral buildings by 2030. A number of standards and eco-labels also require recycled content to claim credits. This paper was presented at the Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference (SPE ANTEC) Vinyl Session, March 25, 2015 in Orlando, FL.
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