Scranton, Pennsylvania-based Vycom, makers of graphic and display materials, announces its new PVC recycling program, which it has created to take back printed and unprinted PVC materials for recycling into Vycom products and other AZEK building products.
The Chicago-based AZEK Co. is the parent company of Vycom and also several other affiliate companies that manufacture low-maintenance residential and commercial building materials.
Vycom has demonstrated its commitment to stewarding sustainable practices previously through its substantial investment in recycling initiatives. But at a recent trade show it announced this new PVC recycling program, which, the company says, “provides an answer to the perpetual question ‘what do I do with my used signage and scrap?'” The program is designed for print service providers and end-users to coordinate with an authorized distributor for drop-off or to collect used signage and scrap, which is then returned to Vycom for recycling into the company’s PVC and HDPE products, ensuring these materials do not end up in landfills.
This new program’s announcement comes just a year after Vycom’s sister company, TimberTech, opened a dedicated recycling plant in Ohio, which accepts post-consumer and post-industrial recycled polyethylene materials from retailers, waste management companies and municipalities for reprocessing into TimberTech deck boards. By the end of 2020, the Ohio plant will be able to demonstrate an annualized impact of waste materials being consumed in excess of 200 million pounds, it says.
And in Scranton, in addition to recycling its own scrap, the primary Vycom manufacturing location processes recycled material at a current rate of more than 50 million pounds per year, which is then used in Vycom’s sheet products.
All recycling is done in the U.S. for use in products produced by The AZEK Company and its subsidiaries, the company says.