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PVC Recycling Process Explained

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Published on Aug 30, 2012

PVC (polyvinyl chloride), also known as 'vinyl' is one of the most commonly used thermoplastics. Made of oil and salt, PVC is an affordable and versatile material that requires minimal maintenance when in use and is extremely durable (it is commonly used to make long-lasting products, often with a life-expectancy exceeding 60 years). And when PVC products come to the end of their life, its unique polymer structure makes it well-suited for recycling.

PVC compounds are 100% recyclable physically, chemically or energetically. This video shows the mechanical recycling process for PVC. The main steps are: separation, grinding, washing and treatment to eliminate impurities. The end results is a granulated/powder recyclate which can be used into new PVC products.

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