Developments in an industry-led R&D program for recycling PVC products in Japan

Shigetaka Seki, Fumio Osakada, Toshiaki Yoshioka

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To facilitate recycling, not only R&D but also the creation of efficient recycling systems-collection and processing of recyclates as well as finding appropriate end-uses-is essentially important. PVC has a particular advantage in regards to mechanical recycling when compared to other major plastics. However, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to a solution. Specific situations of used or off-cut products and their applications need to be well studied. Vinyl industry in Japan has devoted itself for many years to the promotion of recycling of vinyl products. It started an R&D support program in 2007 and seven projects have been completed since then. Some of the new developments include mechanical recycling for products like wall covering and tarpaulin which were considered difficult to recycle in the past. Progress in chemical recycling has been made with a technology for the removal of chlorine from shredder dusts. Recovery of chlorine is a challenge for the future. Collaboration among the various players involved in the recycling of a specific product is essential for obtaining a successful result.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-397
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Material Cycles and Waste Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul


  • Industry initiative
  • PVC
  • R&D
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Mechanics of Materials


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