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The presence of plastic pipe is ubiquitous, but some might say its profile is low simply because plastic pipe is often out of sight, below ground or behind walls. Yet plastic pipe connects Australia. It plays an essential and integral role in Australia’s built environment, the nation’s infrastructure, electricity transmission, agricultural irrigation, stock and domestic water supply and the minin...
At the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation's Health and Environmental Sustainability Conference on 28 April, the world-reknown Australian horticulturalist, Jamie Durie OAM met with representatives of the PVC Recycling in Hospitals program. On learning about what happens to medical waste, Jamie, a vocal environmentalist, enthusiastically lent his support to encourage more hospitals to join...
Over the past five years or so, some 95 healthcare facilities across Australia and New Zealand have started to recycle PVC medical products and other recyclables used in the delivery of healthcare services. The PVC Recycling in Hospitals program has been something of a world first – now being adopted in the UK, North America and South Africa - driven by passionate medical staff concerned by the gr...

We live in a chlorine economy

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We live in a chlorine economy. And, no, it’s not all about vinyl. Yes, vinyl is composed of two simple building blocks – one of which is chlorine (the other is ethylene, from natural gas). But chlorine, which is based on simple salt, is used in a very wide range of products far beyond those made of vinyl. Chlorine is a key building block in everything from automotive components to firefighters’ ...
For several months, a dedicated team led by the Vinyl Council has been making progress with the challenges of recycling advertising billboard skins. The team has achieved critical breakthrough results, some world ‘firsts’ and gained positive support from industry. Currently over 1,200,000 m2 (500 tonnes) of advertising billboard skins go to landfills around Australia every year at a significant c...
A May 2016 report from the World Economic Forum titled Shaping the Future of Construction: A Breakthrough in Mindset and Technology highlighted the “moral obligation” of the engineering and construction industry to lift its game in terms of productivity and efficiency. With aging infrastructure in developed countries and the needs of a rapidly growing urban population in developing regions, combi...
Vinyl Council of Australia member, Chemson Pacific Pty Ltd has taken home the 2016 INOVYN Gold Award for Innovation with Vinyls for its project to formulate and engineer 3-D vinyl to be used as a cost effective and sustainable raw material in 3-D printing. Chemson's project was researched and conducted in Australia and launched at our conference, PVC AUS 2016, in May. 3-D VinylTM compound has glo...
Although we have seen a steady increment over the past five years, the uPVC window sector in Australia currently represents just 4-5 percent of the total window market here. Nevertheless, there is an expectation from most quarters of the industry that uPVC windows will become increasingly popular, just as they have in other major regions such as the US and Europe. During his recent visit to Austr...

Circular solutions for outdoor media

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The Vinyl Council of Australia and the Outdoor Media Association (OMA) are looking to create a more sustainable future for Australia's billboard industry by showcasing ways to recycle PVC billboard skins and convert them into useful products. At an event on 11 October 2016, hosted by the OMA in Sydney, participants will learn about the cooperative research work currently underway with industry an...
Vinyl Council member and PVC Stewardship Program signatory, Welvic Australia has been awarded funding from the Victorian Government and the Australian Packaging Covenant to invest in innovative technology to divert PVC from landfill. This matching funding will enable Welvic to expand and improve production to reprocess between 800-1000 tonnes of PVC a year. This will mean they will become one of ...
The VCA is thrilled to announce that the PVC in Hospitals Recycling Program - that started in Melbourne in 2009 and is now going global - has been judged a finalist in the 2016 Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards.  This is great timing in the lead up to our open Forum on the program running on Tues 4 October.  Victorian partners in this world leading initiative, in addition to the...
50 million IV bags made from PVC are consumed every year in Australia. They serve an incredibly valuable service to thousands of people undergoing medical care and dialysis. And when they have been used, they should not go to waste. Such PVC medical products are recyclable and the material is a valued, quality recyclate by donwstream manufacturers. Today, following growth in a world-leading...

PVC a star in sports arenas

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Soccer is popular across the world, with prestigious tournaments like the European Cup 2016 viewed by hundreds of millions of people all over the world. Now the Olympic Games are commencing. But greater than the games themselves are the stadia which host them. A stadium is then not just a venue but adds to the entire “brand-value” package of the city where it is located. It is little wonder ...
The Vinyl Council has updated its industry strategy aimed at facilitating growth in sustainable PVC recycling practices in Australia.  Developed through consultations with members, industry and government, and at the PVC ReSource Summit held in late 2015, the strategy will direct future actions of the Vinyl Council and the sector. PVC - the third most commonly used polymer in Australia - i...
RE-MAKE PVC BANNER REUSE: PARTICIPATORY DESIGN LAB Over 500 tonnes of advertising banners go to landfill each year. Combined with truck tarpaulins and other coated fabric, that’s over 6,000 tonnes wasted per year in Australia alone. Through our special national project we have had a breakthrough. We have discovered ways to granulate and reform the PVC and polyester fabric to make it useful for ...

Is Resilience the new Sustainability?

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There is no doubt that climate change, population growth, increasing urbanisation and globalisation are creating significant challenges for our built environment and the people who live in them. Extreme weather events, rising sea levels, traffic congestion, pollution and urban sprawl are leading to disruptions, stress and at times, catastrophic events that cripple the functioning of our cities. ...
Australian manufacturer, Chemson Pacific has developed an innovative world first thermoplastic PVC formulation, designed specifically for the Advanced Manufacturing sector and associated 3D printing technologies. Until now, the industrial value of 3D printing has been constrained by the available selection of robust, cost-effective materials, limiting all but a select group of high-end platforms ...
The sustainability of a product is more than just a question of what materials it does, or does not contain and nowhere is this more evident than in the complex world of healthcare design. Healthcare facilities have a complicated web of needs to be met in terms of staff, patients, visitors and investment stakeholders, which calls for building and fit-out products that provide high levels of perfo...

Investing in clean energy

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Eighty percent of the energy Vinyl Council member, Baxter Healthcare uses to manufacture life- saving medical products is clean energy. In April, Baxter switched on a new 500kW solar energy system at its Toongabbie manufacturing plant, NSW, to add to its tri-generation production bringing its total clean energy power to 11 MWh. Baxter has significantly reduced its greenhouse gas emissions - by ab...

Join industry leaders at PVC AUS 2016

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The PVC value chain in Australia is undergoing major change with the recent closure of the country’s only vinyl resin manufacturing operation. At this critical time, the industry is providing an opportunity to bring the entire value chain together at its inaugural conference - PVC AUS 2016 - in Melbourne, 19-20 May to share information and provide education on market opportunities and developments...