Along side the European Parliament's decision to ban phthalates in PVC toys, the
European Commission has issued a Green Paper on PVC's on July 26th which indicates that
the EC, among other things, "favors increased recycling of PVC," subject to possible
restrictions on phthalates and cadmium additives.
In view of the enormous economics burden that any PVC presence in the recovered PET
stream creates regardless of the type of stabilizers, that would be a very unfortunate
outcome. Separate from the constellation of environmental issues that have been raised
about PVC and the stabilizers and softeners used in the resin, PVC bottles are
economically incompatible with any effort to rational recycling systems.
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