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Sustainability and
the Circular Economy in Plastics
petroleum-based materials by reusing existing materials. Vycom HDPE
sheets can be produced entirely from recycled materials including postconsumer content, and are themselves also 100-percent recyclable.
UNDERSTANDING THE CHALLENGES OF PLASTICS IN THE
ENVIRONMENT

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n a circular economy, resources will be in use as long as possible
to extract maximum value and minimize waste. Sustainability
requires circularity, and performance plastics - notably HDPE
(high-density polyethylene) and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) - are ideal
choices because they already contribute in many ways to sustainability:
durable construction; fuel efficiency and energy savings; and protecting
humans and health. And - ultimately - these materials are in many
cases recyclable.
PERFORMANCE PLASTICS CONTRIBUTE IN MANY POSITIVE
WAYS TO SUSTAINABILITY
Plastics make very efficient use of resources, especially during the
utilization phase. Due to their inherent longevity and durability, they
reduce replacement waste and costs of traditional materials such as
wood and metal. Because of their lightweight composition versus
metals and superior strength-to-weight ratios, plastics contribute to fuel
efficiency in transportation. Plastics are used where safety is paramount
because they are easy to sanitize, are safe for food processing and
are preferred materials in medical applications such as IV bags and
tubes, wallcoverings, and floors. HDPE and PVC sheets naturally resist
mold, mildew, fungus, and bacteria, making for a safer and healthier
environment inside a facility.
At the end of their life - typically many years longer than wood and other
traditional materials - performance plastics are still valuable resources
that can be transformed into new feedstock, reducing reliance on

Plastic waste is a global crisis. An overwhelming amount of plastic is
not being properly recovered and recycled, and overseas entities are
limiting their acceptance of plastics waste for reprocessing, which
means the US must reinvest in local recycling initiatives. In industrial
settings, the lack of clear guidelines and collection locations pose
additional roadblocks. There are identified challenges to recycling that
can be met with a concerted effort between consumers, recyclers, and
manufacturers. Despite these challenges, performance plastic products
made from recycled materials can take on new lives in everyday
products and components.
COMMITTED TO STEWARDING SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
THAT SUPPORT A CIRCULAR ECONOMY
At Vycom, a subsidiary of the Azek Company, we take sustainability
seriously. From saving trees and reducing waste to conserving water
and operating energy efficient facilities, we and our sister companies
are proud to offer high-quality products made from up to 100-percent
post-consumer and post-industrial recycled materials. Our dedicated
TimberTech recycling plant in Wilmington, Ohio, accepts recycled
polyethylene materials from retailers, waste management companies,
and municipalities for reprocessing into multiple product lines including
TimberTech deck boards and Vycom sheet products.
At our Scranton plant, we also purchase post-consumer recycled
material from waste management companies that is used in Vycom's
sheet products. Here we can process tens of millions of pounds of
recycled material per year to make them into Vycom foamed or solid
sheets for use as a rigid substrate in sign making and digital or screen
printing. We're also working on programs to take back printed or
unprinted PVC sheets and recycle them into Vycom products or other
offerings manufactured by our sister companies.
At Vycom and throughout all Azek subsidiaries, we believe our
responsibility is not only to our customers and stakeholders, but also to
the planet. We are already leading by making sustainability to support
a circular economy a core part of our mission, process, and products.
We will continue with our commitment to be good stewards of the
environment by exploring new ways to recycle plastic waste across
multiple markets and end-uses.

vycomplastics.com


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Big Picture - October 2019

Big Picture - October 2019
Contents
Insight
Wide Angle
Upfront
Extreme Vinyl
Let’s Ride
Wrap Like a King Winners
The 2019 Women in Print Awards
R+D
Job Log
Big Picture - October 2019 - Intro
Big Picture - October 2019 - Big Picture - October 2019
Big Picture - October 2019 - Cover2
Big Picture - October 2019 - Contents
Big Picture - October 2019 - Insight
Big Picture - October 2019 - 3
Big Picture - October 2019 - Wide Angle
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Big Picture - October 2019 - Upfront
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