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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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The Vinyl Council of Australia has launched an on-line communication platform, uPVC Windows Alliance sharing information about uPVC windows to meet the growing interest in Australia in using these high performance windows to improve energy efficiency in buildings. Vinyl Council members with an interest in the window market have come together as the uPVC Windows Alliance to provide information on t...

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Vinyl (or PVC) cladding is designed as a long life product requiring no painting and little maintenance. Vinyl's durability, high thermal insulation and excellent weathering performance (good resistance to UV light and ozone), mean that cladding can remain in place for many years. In overseas markets, especially the US, vinyl cladding is a hugely popular and respected choice for both renovating o...
A conference held in Denmark on 27 March - at which the Vinyl Council of Australia's Chief Executive, Sophi MacMillan presented - conveyed the views of environmental and health authorities, medical device companies, medical professionals, NGOs and hospital facility managers on the latest developments on the use and recycling of plasticised PVC in medical devices. At the conference, organised by th...
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Two of America’s biggest major league baseball teams, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the L.A Dodgers recently visited Australia, with spectators witnessing high quality entertainment by some of the world’s best athletes. To support this historic event, the organisers set up a promotional display in Sydney’s popular Darling Harbour precinct, which consisted of three-metre diameter floating baseballs...

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