Submitted by Vinyl Sustainability Council
WASHINGTON, August 2, 2021 /CSRwire/ - The Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC), a self-funded business council advancing sustainability in the vinyl industry, has issued a call for entries for its annual awards: Vinyl Recycling Award, Social Impact Award, and Design for Reuse Award. All three awards will be presented at the VSC’s Sustainability Summit on Nov. 10.
“Sustainability encompasses a wide range of issues: from waste reduction to resource conservation to diversity and inclusion,” said Jay Thomas, VSC Executive Director. “Within our own industry, we know of many important and inspiring initiatives being completed by members of the vinyl value chain. It is important to have a platform to recognize these products and programs, and we look forward to honoring several companies with these awards at our Summit this fall.”
Vinyl Recycling Award
The 2021 “Vinyl Recycling Award” recognizes the efforts of recyclers and product manufacturers with operations in North America that find new solutions and or markets for PVC end-of-life or scrap materials, increase use of recycled vinyl content in their products, and/or engage in partnerships with companies in take-back programs.
In 2020, the VSC presented two awards to Sika Sarnafil, for their work recycling the Rogers Centre vinyl roof, and The AZEK Company, for their line of recycled capped PVC deck boards.
To be eligible for the Vinyl Recycling Award, organizations must:
Social Impact Award
The 2021 “Social Impact Award” recognizes the efforts of a VSC member that has demonstrated a strong commitment to their communities. This annual award acknowledges outstanding programs (or products within a program) that addresses a social concern utilizing a company’s resources to have a positive impact.
In 2020, the VSC presented two awards to GEON Performance Solutions, for Project Collaboration, which helped bring COVID-19 relief products to market, and HMTX Industries, for their creation of Halstead/Metroflor Addiction Crisis, which helps battle the addiction epidemic.
To be eligible for the Social Impact Award, organizations must:
Design for Reuse Award
The 2021 “Design for Reuse Award” is new for 2021, and it recognizes vinyl products purposely designed for disassembly, recycling, or reuse at the product’s end of life. Priority is given to those products where these design criteria were a fundamental aspect of the design process. Submissions should address the reuse design objective and the improvement achieved as a result.
To be eligible for the Design for Reuse Award, organizations must:
To learn more about any of the three awards and review the entry requirements, visit vantagevinyl.com. To be considered, entries must be received by Oct. 1, 2021, 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 https://vantagevinyl.com/vinyl-sustainability-council/.
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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