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VINYLPLUS SUSTAINABILITY FORUM 2018 TO FOCUS ON 'MEETING SOCIETAL NEEDS'
The sixth Sustainability Forum organised by VinylPlus will focus on meeting the needs of society.
The two-day seminar will examine how the PVC industry can contribute sustainable solutions for an ever-expanding global population when representatives from the entire value chain meet in Madrid, Spain, on May 16th and 17th 2018.
Organised by VinylPlus, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development in the European PVC industry, the 2018 Forum will explore the sector's role in fulfilling people's essential needs in many areas such as infrastructure, water and energy supply, food and medical care for an ageing population.
A key focus will be on policy frameworks and agreements by governments, political groups and industries to identify drivers that will incentivise businesses and their alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Brigitte Dero, VinylPlus General Manager, explained: "Population growth is a major issue worldwide. This presents society with current and future critical challenges in providing essential services that support people's lives. Moving forward to a more sustainable society requires high quality and affordable products that are accessible to most people.
"The whole value chain must work together to provide quality and durable products which, at the end of their useful lives, can be recycled back into new goods for the benefit of consumers, the economy and society as a whole. Here the role of industry voluntary commitments, such as VinylPlus, is crucial. Our annual Forum is a much-anticipated event where participants can showcase innovation, share best practice and insight into the many emerging opportunities for the PVC industry to contribute to impending 'societal needs'."
RECOMED PVC RECYCLING SCHEME WINS CIWM SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
The British Plastics Federation (BPF) and Axion's RecoMed scheme has won the Chartered Institute of Waste Management's (CIWM) Sustainability and Resource Award for Best Recycling Project 2017. This is the scheme's fourth award to date, following another successful year of implementation.
The RecoMed scheme is the UK's first PVC takeback scheme for single-use medical devices from hospitals. RecoMed saves participating hospitals money on disposal costs by putting devices into recycling containers for collection rather than sending them for incineration or specialist landfill. Uncontaminated items collected in the scheme include oxygen and anaesthetic masks, oxygen tubing and IV bags. They are recycled into products such as ties for the horticultural industry.
RecoMed is currently successfully used in eleven hospitals across the UK, with more than ten new hospitals in the process of implementing the scheme. So far, the scheme has recycled over 5,000kg of uncontaminated PVC (equivalent to over 150,000 masks), 2,800kg of which has been collected this year alone.
Matt Davies BPF Senior Industrial Issues Executive, said: "RecoMed is flourishing and we are very proud that the scheme has won its fourth award. As it is implemented in more hospitals, even more valuable material can be recovered and put to good use in new applications."