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PVC at Olympics destined for reuse or recycling

By: Anthony Clark

July 31, 2012

LONDON (July 31, 12:15 p.m. ET) — Solvay Vinyls is helping the Olympic Games meets its sustainability commitments, according to the company, thanks to its VinyLoop recycling technology for PVC composites.

Serge Ferrari, a global supplier of architectural tarpaulins and a VinyLoop partner, has delivered 80 percent of the PVC-coated technical textiles used by the London Olympics.

Venues using the French company’s materials include the Olympic stadium, the water polo arena and the Royal Artillery barrack.

Romain Ferrari, CEO of the Serge Ferrari Group, said: “This unique process jointly developed with Solvay provides a second life to vinyl textiles and makes them 100 percent recyclable.”

Some of the PVC-coated textiles temporary used at London 2012 venues will be re-employed in soccer stadiums currently under construction in Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Others will be converted in gym mats for schools with the remainder recycled at VinyLoop’s Ferrara plant.

Jo Carris, learning legacy ambassador of the Olympic Games, said: “The PVC policy focused attention on the use of PVC across the project and highlighted that the functional properties of PVC make it the most appropriate material in certain circumstances.”