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This Earth Day, We Celebrate Vinyl’s Durability and Recyclability
U.S. vinyl resin producers manufacture approximately 15 billion pounds of vinyl resin annually. 10.4 billion pounds are consumed domestically, and nearly 5 billion pounds are exported.
70% of the domestically consumed resin goes into the building and construction market. producing safe, strong, durable pipe, flooring, wallcovering, windows, fences and decks, siding, roofing, wiring, and more. These products are known to last from 10 to 100+ years.
Post-consumer recycled vinyl is up 40% since 2014.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Municipal Solid Waste Report, vinyl is only 0.8% of all materials found in landfills, while the entirety of plastic waste in landfills is 27% of all materials.
Vinyl has been widely recycled for decades and recycled vinyl is up 40% since 2014. According to VI’s 2017 survey conducted by Tarnell Company of vinyl recyclers in the U.S. and Canada, there were 904 million pounds of pre-consumer vinyl and 146.5 million pounds of post-consumer vinyl materials recovered and recycled.