Let's talk little, let's talk well: I AM NOT A VULGAR PLASTOC! First, I am the only polymer whose composition is largely of mineral origin. Second, I can be recycled without losing a crumb of my performance. Third, I am taken care of by organized channels, to be recycled by hundreds of thousands of tons each year. Are you skeptical? Want numbers?
In 57: Yes, it's a fact, I am the only polymer made up of 57% raw material of mineral origin...
100…: and 100% recyclable: shredding, sorting, grinding, automatic color separation by optical sorting. And then come the homogenization, filtration and re-granulation sessions. That's it… This is how I find myself again in small pellets ready for a new production cycle and a new life at your service!
The recycling process described above does not affect me at all and does not cause me to lose any of my intrinsic qualities. Absolutely Zero! This makes me one of the few building materials that can be used in a closed loop, without loss of material quality during recycling. Joinery, for example, can be reintegrated into the heart of new profiles, in an infinite loop, for components that are ever more virtuous and still just as efficient. Exceptional, isn't it?
200? This is the number of collection points set up by the SNEP to allow professionals to deposit their end-of-life rigid PVC products. Because that's also being responsible: abandoning the use of landfills and allowing sorting at source by collecting scrap directly from professionals. More and more architects are ensuring the monitoring of waste in their rehabilitation projects.
In 95: Today, more than 95% of manufacturing offcuts from PVC producers and converters are recycled and reintegrated into the original product. Gates, fences, chutes, cladding, gutters, shutters, window profiles: all reincorporate recycled raw material, allowing a lower carbon footprint as well as a significant reduction in energy.
In 22: The voluntary commitment to sustainable development launched by European PVC manufacturers dates back to the year 2000, therefore already 22 years ago! Which makes me one of the first plastics to have been recycled and a leader in terms of volumes recovered.
In 100.000: And yes ! A leader I tell you! More than 100.000 tonnes of PVC are recycled in France each year and the proportion of recycled PVC will reach 20% in PVC profiles in 2025, according to the voluntary commitment signed by SNEP in June 2018.
900 000: tonnes of PVC recycled by 2025 in Europe: this is one of the objectives of the Vinyl Plus plan for the sustainable development of the European PVC industry in which SNEP is heavily involved.
To conclude, I am clearly a very good student when it comes to environmental responsibility. Moreover, benefiting from an exceptional lifespan, I can (without bragging) affirm myself as a unique material and a responsible candidate with great potential to take up the challenge of the circular economy. Who says better ?