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EU ‘jeopardising’ investment in PVC recycling

PVC recycling stakeholders have complained about this week’s vote in the European Parliament on a proposed derogation for the continuing use of recycled PVC containing legacy lead substances.

‘This vote contradicts the outcome of the rigorous scientific evaluation carried out over the last five years by the European Chemicals Agency,’ insists Brigitte Dero, managing director of recycling scheme VinylPlus. ‘It has been concluded that continued recycling is currently the best waste management option for PVC wastes containing such additives.’ A detailed analysis can be found here.

‘In the absence of any alternative solution, the logic of today’s vote is that many end-of-life PVC articles from long-life applications will have to be disposed of by incineration or landfill, leading to a much higher environmental burden for the next generations,’ Dero adds. She says the vote also implies a delay in restricting imports to Europe of lead containing PVC articles.

‘The resulting legislative uncertainty jeopardises investment in recycling technology, undermines the European strategy for plastics in Circular Economy and impacts considerably the ability to reach the recycling targets of the European Circular Plastics Alliance,’ Dero says.

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