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The unique challenges that the Australian climate presents when choosing energy efficient building materials, and specifically window profiles, will be explored at a Technical Seminar presented by the uPVC Windows Alliance in Sydney 12 August and Melbourne 13 August. The seminar will draw on the extensive experience of the European uPVC windows market looking at how window profile quality can be c...
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PVC recycling continues to grow across Europe, with a new focus on recovery of medical waste following our Australian example.A total of 435,083 tonnes of waste PVC was recycled through Recovinyl last year across its 16 European member countries. To date, the Recovinyl recycling network comprises 141 companies. Recovinyl is the operational arm of VinylPlus, the ten-year Voluntary Commitment of the...
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In just over one year since the launch of the PVC Recovery in Hospitals initiative, the program has successful expanded to more than 25 hospitals in Australia and trials are set to start in hospitals in New Zealand, the UK and Sweden later this year. The program has already been cited by the international PVCMed Alliance as a pioneer in recovery of PVC medical waste. “The successful uptake and run...
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The Australian PVC industry has launched its latest annual report, showing the progress of its members in meeting their product stewardship responsibilities across the PVC value chain in 2013.One of the major shifts in result from 2012 is the significant increase seen in compliance against manufacturing commitments within the PVC industry’s Product Stewardship Program. “These commitments relate to...
It seems that concern still exists that PVC products are a major source of dioxin emissions and that if PVC products were therefore banned, the risk of exposure to dioxins would be virtually eliminated. Just last week, we had an inquiry from a consumer who was very interested in installing uPVC windows in her new home but was concerned because she had read on the internet that they could emit dio...
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The European PVC industry’s voluntary commitment, VinylPlus, has announced that over 440,000 tonnes of PVC was recycled in Europe last year. The industry has shown that it is well on course to meet its target of 800,000 tonnes of PVC recycled annually by 2020 in Europe.At the 2014 Vinyl Sustainability Forum in Rome this month, delegates and speakers applauded the achievements of the European PVC i...
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Article with thanks from Think PIpes Think PVC A new study published by Utah State University buried structures laboratory has taken a comprehensive review of the longevity of PVC pipes in service in a range of countries – including Australia. The conclusion? The combination of pipe examination and testing date in conjunction with previous pipe break studies and dig-up reports of pipes in servic...
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An organic oyster farmer has revealed how recycled PVC posts and infrastructure have helped them achieve their certified organic status and is restoring the local marine environment. Wapengo Rocks specialises in wild caught native Rock Oysters from Wapengo Lake, situated on the Far South Coast of NSW. Oyster farming has been a part of Wapengo Lake since the 1890s. The clean waters that flow into...
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Local sustainable property newsletter, The Fifth Estate, published an article late last week – PVC: the debate goes on (1 May 2014) – questioning the validity of the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) approach to the use of PVC. The contradictory article quotes a US opponent to PVC saying “incorporating credits for PVC into green rating tools is lowering the bar”, yet the article acknow...
Tasmanian company and Vinyl Council member Envorinex is expanding a recycling program, leading to 125 bulker bags of waste from various Melbourne-based uPVC window fabricators being recycled into new products. Since 2011, Envorinex has been working with the Oakleigh Centre for Intellectually Disabled Citizens in Melbourne who were supplied a granulator by the company to manage recycling of the uPV...

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