USA: Vinyl Sustainability Council Conferred Recycling Award

The recycling company Lakeland Polymers received the 2021 Recycling Award for their Flex-Tech Gas Hose Recycling Program from the Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC).

“Lakeland’s innovative reprocessing strategy allows them to turn scrap from two different types of plastic into a reusable feedstock for alternative applications,” VSC director Jay Thomas was cited. “This type of product innovation keeps PVC out of the landfill.” As reported by VSC, Lakeland Polymers takes pride in addressing and solving challenges for its customers. In February 2021, the company partnered with Texan firm Flex-Tech Hose to find a solution for a PVC and co-polyester waste issue. It developed a custom recycling process that allowed the incompatible materials in the scrap to be processed into a reusable form. “Lakeland processes over 45,000 pounds a month of PVC scrap material from Flex-Tech in this program,” VSC gave account. “So far, the partnership has diverted over 325,000 pounds of PVC from landfills extending the life and sustainable use of vinyl.”

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 1/2022, Page 23)