, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 184-192
Date: 07 Jul 2010

Vinyl 2010 — nearing the target date

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Abstract

For almost 10 years, Vinyl 2010 has provided original approaches to technical, environmental, and political problems relating to poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) material cycles and waste management. On the one hand, PVC has outstanding qualities in a wide range of applications; on the other hand, concerns about potential impacts attributed to production, additives, and waste management led to calls for PVC-specific regulations and mandatory substitution in certain applications. Considering the entire life cycle of PVC products, the industry proposed a comprehensive set of measures rendering production cleaner, eliminating controversial additives, and promoting responsible management of waste, favoring recycling. Vinyl 2010 can now be regarded as a highly successful example of applying voluntary commitments instead of the more usual command and control approach from regulatory authorities.

A. Buekens is Chairman of the Vinyl 2010 Monitoring Committee and A. Sevenster is Secretary of the Vinyl 2010 Waste Management Committee.