New Lifecycle data for Plastics in Germany 2017

The study „Material Flow Analysis for Plastics in Germany 2017“ presents current figures and data on the production, processing and recycling of plastics – and thus provides important insights into the entire life cycle of the material. In addition to the production of new plastics, the quantities of the production and processing of recycled materials have now been determined in detail for the first time. The result shows that recycled plastics are increasingly becoming an important raw material for new plastic products.

More than 2,000 companies were interviewed for the study. The study was prepared by Conversio Market & Strategy GmbH (formerly Consultic). Clients include BKV, PlasticsEurope Deutschland, GKV and AGPU.

Best Practice for the Environment: Documentation published

This summer, after two years, the „Best Practice for the Environment“ campaign by AGPU, Rewindo and AgPR came to an end. Their aim: to identify and support recycling projects in the areas of demolition, reconstruction and dismantling, in which, for example, old PVC-windows or PVC floor coverings collected and are reused via the recycling systems of AgPR and Rewindo. A 28-page documentation presents selected projects from summer 2016 to summer 2018.

The printed brochure is available on request. You can download the digital version in PDF format from our website. An English version of the documentation is currently being prepared.

VinylPlus® commits to recycle 900,000 tonnes of PVC a year by 2025

Since 2000, VinylPlus, the voluntary commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, has been a pioneer in the Circular Economy. It has backed the European Commission’s pledging call to increase recycling of plastics by committing to recycle at least 900,000 tonnes of PVC per year into new products by 2025, a significant contribution to the overall 10 million tonnes objective set by the Commission for the plastic industry. Looking further ahead, VinylPlus has also committed to recycle a minimum of 1 million tonnes per year by 2030.

New Lifecycle data for PVC in Germany

Last week AGPU and PlasticsEurope Germany presented the latest study „Analysis of PVC production, processing, waste and recycling data in Germany 2017“. It shows that 1.84 million tonnes of PVC, including 249,000 tonnes of PVC recyclates, were processed into semi-finished and finished products in Germany. The construction sector is the dominant sector with a share of over 70 percent. This means that the proportion of recycled materials already accounts for 13.5 percent of the total volume processed. PVC recyclates were used particularly in durable construction applications as well as in gardening and farming. The last study was published in 2013.

As a member of AGPU you can download the summary of the study with the most important results free of charge in our PVC-WIKI. Companies from our industry that are not members of AGPU or PlasticsEurope Germany can order the summary of the study from AGPU Media GmbH for a fee. (contact:

AGPU: 30 Years for PVC

When the AGPU was founded 30 years ago, there was no way to avoid it. This has not changed to today, even if the times when PVC materials and products were particularly criticised are a thing of the past. Thanks to the long-term commitment of AGPU member companies from the entire PVC value chain for the sustainable development of PVC and an open dialogue with stakeholders from all areas, AGPU and its partners have succeeded in establishing the plastic as an innovative, sustainable and future-oriented material. The fact that modern PVC products today are real high-tech wonders is becoming more and more established in people’s daily lives thanks to their diversity and performance.

„The focus of the AGPU has been sharpened again and again over the last 30 years and is now clearly on the sustainability of the material“, said Dr. Oliver Mieden, newly elected CEO of the AGPU and Head of Environmental Affairs & Corporate Communications at PVC manufacturer Vinnolit: „Since 2017, the AGPU has been an associated member of VinylPlus®, the sustainability programme of the European PVC industry, and thus contributes to making the contents and objectives of the voluntary commitment better known in Germany“.

Umweltmagazin: „Established Recycling of PVC Building Products“

In the last issue issue of the UMWELTMAGAZIN, there is a new technical article by AGPU managing director Thomas Hülsmann and AGPU editor Michael Friedrichs on the subject of „Established recycling of PVC building products“. Due to the high level interest in the past, AGPU has decided to publish the article as a special print edition.

The article is part of a recent communication project which the AGPU is running together with VinylPlus in Germany. If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

PVC Recycling Finder will be in English soon

In a few weeks, the well-known German PVC Recycling Finder website will also be available in an English version. The reason behind this is to make even more interested parties aware of the PVC recycling activities in Germany and thus to further expand the network. In addition, the measure is intended to further intensify European cooperation and exchange. The Italian PVC Forum is currently working on a similar platform, which will also be available in English and Italian.

With a total of 13,100 hits in 2017, the PVC Recycling Finder is a popular website for all those who want to find buyers for used PVC material or search for recycled materials.

Best Practice for the Environment: 700 windows replaced

The energetic refurbishment of a Secondary School in Jessen is regarded as an example of environmental learning. Two buildings dating from 1978 will be fitted with modern thermal insulation for the facades and false ceilings to the roof by 2019. In addition, new PVC windows are now providing an additional improvement in the energy balance. In this publicly funded renovation project, approximately 700 old PVC windows from 1995 to 1998 have been dismantled for recycling and later re-use.

The project is part of the „Best Practice for the Environment“ campaign. In Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and Thuringia, exemplary and sustainable building projects were identified and documented where PVC building products are recycled. The campaign was initiated by Rewindo, AgPR and AGPU and is actively supported by several regional and national associations and companies.

AGPU with new Chairman of the Management Board

At the general meeting of the AGPU in Bonn two weeks ago, the regular re-election of the management board was also on the agenda. The previous chairman Dr. Axel Bruder (RENOLIT SE) and vice chairman Joachim Eckstein (PolyComply Hoechst GmbH) left the AGPU board after ten and 30 years respectively. At the first constituting meeting of the new management board, Dr. Oliver Mieden (Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG) was elected as the new chairman. Mailin Bode (RENOLIT SE) and Andreas Kopf (debolon dessauer bodenbeläge GmbH & Co. KG) were newly elected to the board.

Thus, the AGPU board is composed as follows for the period 2018 to 2021: Chairman Dr. Oliver Mieden (Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG), Vice Chairmen Joachim Tremmel (BASF SE) and Stefan Valerius (Dekura GmbH) as well as Treasurer Uwe Dietsch (INOVYN Deutschland GmbH). The assessors are Dr. Rüdiger Baunemann (PlasticsEurope Deutschland e.V.), Mailin Bode (RENOLIT SE), Rainer Grasmück (Baerlocher GmbH), Roland Jahn (GEALAN Fenster-Systeme GmbH), Andreas Kopf (debolon dessauer bodenbeläge GmbH & Co. KG) and Dr. Dieter Polte (VESTOLIT GmbH).

Positive development in recycling solutions for the building material PVC

On the occasion of the 21st Altkunststofftag in Bad Neuenahr, AGPU and the Federal Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Management (bvse) has given a positive interim result for the recycling of PVC as a building material. PVC has numerous durable applications in the construction sector. Proven products such as windows, floorings, pipes, roofing and waterproofing membranes or cables are particularly worth mentioning here. “By building up and expanding recycling solutions that are now very well established, the sustainability of these construction products can be demonstrated,“ says Dr. Thomas Probst of the bvse.

This development is also documented in the recently published VinylPlus® progress report, which shows that PVC recycling numbers are steadily increasing in Europe. The recycling activities in Germany played a major role in this.