Recycling of PE and PVC Pipe Systems

Commonly used plastics for pipe production are Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Polyethylene (PE), classified as thermoplastics, which can effectively be reprocessed. Thermoplastic materials soften and melt on heating, then re-harden again when cooled, therefore are relatively easy to recycle. Scrap generated during manufacture is routinely reground and fed back into the manufacturing process, and the industry is now recycling post-consumer waste where pipe is collected from the waste stream and recycled back into pipe products. When buildings and systems incorporating PVC and PE pipe are eventually retired and dismantled, the recovered PE and PVC pipe can also be recycled into newly manufactured products. PVC can be recycled six to seven times, during its lifespan. With a product life of 100 years, this means that PVC material could potentially have a lifespan of 600 years. All recycled PE and PVC materials are utilised in non-pressure pipe. There are a number of benefits for recycling – to help reduce landfill; conservation of resources; virgin raw material savings; and finally the life for PE and PVC becomes more sustainable. Interested in best environmental practice? Give us your feedback or...