Lakeland Polymers Receives 2021 VSC Recycling Award

The Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC), a self-funded business council advancing sustainability in the vinyl industry, presented the 2021 Recycling Award at its annual meeting to Lakeland Polymers, of Boonton, New Jersey, for their Flex-Tech Gas Hose Recycling Program.

“Lakeland’s innovative reprocessing strategy allows them to turn scrap from two different types of plastic into a reusable feedstock for alternative applications,” said Jay Thomas, executive director of the Vinyl Sustainability Council. “This type of product innovation keeps PVC out of the landfill.”

The Vinyl Sustainability Council’s 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.

Lakeland Polymers Flex-Tech Gas Hose Recycling Program

Lakeland Polymers, a plastic recycling company, takes pride in addressing and solving challenges for their customers. In February 2021, Lakeland Polymers partnered with Flex-Tech Hose of San Marcos, TX to find a solution for a PVC and copolyester waste issue. Lakeland was able to develop a custom recycling process which allowed the incompatible materials in the scrap to be processed into a reusable form.

“Our experience in recycling PVC scrap materials gives us the ability to develop solutions to reclaim hard to recycle items. This project was another step for us to help minimize waste and further our sustainability efforts for our customers and suppliers.” said David Maute, Co-Owner of Lakeland Polymers. “Thank you to the VSC for recognizing our work on this successful venture, and for granting us this award.”

Lakeland processes over 45,000 pounds a month of PVC scrap material from Flex-Tech in this program. So far, the partnership has diverted over 325,000 pounds of PVC from landfills extending the life and sustainable use of vinyl.

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