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17. February 2021

Recovinyl: Data collection system for PVC recycling

Recovinyl announced the launch of RecoTrace, a data collection system to monitor, verify, and report PVC recycling and uptake in Europe. RecoTrace builds upon Recovinyl’s 18 years’ experience of collecting credible recycling data. The PVC industry’s commitment to report reliable data has made Recovinyl an industry standard for data reporting.

RecoTrace officially started receiving data on PVC recycling and uptake in Europe on 1 February 2021. (Source: Recovinyl)RecoTrace officially started receiving data on PVC recycling and uptake in Europe on 1 February 2021. (Source: Recovinyl)

In 2019, Recovinyl recorded a total of 769,234 t of PVC recycling, making it the largest contributor to VinylPlus, the voluntary commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry. To enhance traceability and transparency in recycled plastics along the entire plastics value chain, RecoTrace has been developed to meet the advancing data collection requirements in line with the ambition of the Circular Plastics Alliance and EU policy initiatives to encourage recovery, recycling and reusing of plastics. Following the European Commission’s pledging call for the entire plastics industry to boost recycling, VinylPlus has committed to recycle at least 900,000 t of PVC per year into new products by 2025. RecoTrace will be used to deliver on this commitment, a significant contribution to the overall 10 million t objective set by the Commission for the plastic industry, as well as voluntary VinylPlus commitments beyond 2025, in line with its drive to increased sustainability.

Developed by Recovinyl, RecoTrace has been designed for recyclers and converters to register data in a user-friendly format and in a time-efficient way, whilst keeping all data safe and secure. This tool will provide a clear picture of material flows and complete traceability of the material. RecoTrace officially started receiving data from 1 February 2021.

Ingrid Verschueren, Recovinyl’s General Manager, said: “If you recycle PVC waste or use PVC recycled plastics in new products, contact Recovinyl so that you can register your data in RecoTrace and join us in the PVC industries journey to make PVC circular.”

Brigitte Dero, VinylPlus’ Managing Director, said: “We are fully committed to contribute to the Circular Economy. RecoTrace is a system that is able to fully comply with the monitoring data requirements set out in the Circular Plastics Alliance and will take VinylPlus to ever greater heights.”


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