PVC Properties

PVC - polyvinyl chloride - white powder

PVC consists in 57% of salt (Cl2) and in 43% of oil (ethylene). It is light and very solid and fire resistant, moreover it has very good insulating properties allowing for low permeability.

Depending on the additives (plasticizers and/or stabilizers) added to the powdered PVC products can have a rigid, semi-rigid, or flexible form. It is highly durable and as a result has the advantage of remaining in long use before entering the waste chain. Hence, it is widely used in production of cables, pipes, windows which lasting period varies from 30 up to 100 years. PVC products need minimum maintenance. As a result they require minor additional consumption of energy, raw materials as well as chemicals which are necessary to keep the efficiency of its applications. PVC resists well oil, grease and chemicals and has a very good processing performance.

Polyvinyl chloride is one of the oldest polymer. It is extensively used in building and construction applications as well as automotive, medical and electronics sectors. PVC has a very long life span, on average around 50 years. Thanks to it thermoplastic nature it can be recycled several times without losing its properties.

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The installed capacity for recycling flexible polyethylene (PE: PE-LD, PE-LLD PE-MD & PE-HD) has been increasing significantly over the last years.


The European plastics recycling industry welcomes and fully supports the Plastics Strategy published by the European Commission.