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Call for Vinyl Recycler of the Year Award Nominations

The VSC is calling for award nominations for its annual Vinyl Recycler of the Year Award

Published 09-02-20

Submitted by Vinyl Sustainability Council

2020 Vinyl Recycler of the Year

The Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC), a self-funded business council advancing sustainability in the vinyl industry, has issued a call for award nominations for its annual “Vinyl Recycler of the Year” Award, to be presented at the council’s virtual annual meeting, in December. 

“Recycling and landfill diversion is a key component of the vinyl industry’s sustainability strategy,” said Jay Thomas, Vinyl Sustainability Council Executive Director. “Currently, the vinyl industry recycles more than 1 billion pounds of material annually in the U.S. and Canada, and it’s important that we recognize the vinyl recyclers who are making strides in waste reduction and contributing to this accomplishment.”

The Vinyl Recycler of the Year Award recognizes the efforts of recyclers and product manufacturers with operations in the U.S. that find new solutions and/or markets for post-consumer polyvinyl chloride (PVC) materials, increase use of recycled vinyl content in their products, and/or engage in partnerships with companies in take-back programs.

In 2019, the VSC presented Return Polymers with the Vinyl Recycler of the Year Award for a custom compound the company created on a customer’s behalf. Return Polymers was able to develop a 100 percent recycled vinyl compound capable of being extruded into complex refrigeration equipment profiles on either single or twin screw extruders. Over 18 months, some 500,000 pounds of reclaimed vinyl materials were diverted from the landfill into this application.

To be eligible for the Vinyl Recycler of the Year Award, organizations must: 

  • Be a vinyl recycler or vinyl product manufacturers with operations in the U.S. 
  • Have implemented their product or program within the last 18 months (Jan. 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) 

To learn more about the Vinyl Recycler of the Year Award and review the entry requirements, visit To be considered, entries must be received by Oct. 22, 2020 11:59 p.m. EDT. 


About the Vinyl Sustainability Council
The Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC), founded in 2016 in partnership with the Vinyl Institute, is a council created to advance the vinyl industry’s efforts in addressing sustainability. The VSC is a collaborative platform for companies, organizations and other industry stakeholders to come together to create a sustainable development path for the industry. For more information, please visit

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The Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC) is a voluntary organization that is taking a leadership role in bringing the industry together to advance sustainable performance throughout the vinyl value chain. Based on a stakeholder materiality assessment, the VSC focuses its efforts in three impact categories identified by industry stakeholders: Landfill Diversion, Health and Safety and Emissions. Together VSC members are establishing baselines and determining goals to track and report on the vinyl industry’s progress.

The VSC launched +Vantage Vinyl, the US industry’s first-ever sustainability brand that verifies VSC member companies that are making sustainability advancements within each of the impact categories. +Vantage Vinyl verified companies are verified by an independent third-party and are award the use of the +Vantage Vinyl mark to signify they are contributing to the industry goals and reporting their progress on an annual basis.

VSC membership includes, and is open to, companies and organization throughout the viny/PVC value chain including: resin, compound and additive manufacturers, vinyl product manufacturers, extruders, recyclers, equipment manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.

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