EXAMPLE OF CROSS-CUTTING PROGRAM: PVC RECYCLING IN JAPAN

Source: Vinyl Environmental Council; Japan PVC EnvironmentalAffairs Council; Tokkuyama


The Japanese construction industry has developed a regionalPVC recovery and recycling infrastructure
Two main products of this effort:
In the window sash, recycled PVC is sandwiched between virginPVC and PMMA layers through a co-extrusion process developed by Tokkuyama
Resulting window sash serves as a cost-effective substitutefor aluminum window sashes in northern Japan


Sash cross-sectional schematic


Sash cut-out


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Published July 13, 2000; WTEC Workshop on Environmentally Benign Manufacturing (EBM) Technologies