The Vinyl Council of Australia has announced the first company to sign-up for the PVC Product Stewardship Program — Rojo Pacific from the banner and signage sector.
The council says environmental advances made in the Australian PVC industry thanks to the program now stand to the banner and signage industry.
Banner and signage company Rojo Pacific Pty Ltd is set to be the first in its sector to sign up to the program.
Launched by the PVC industry in 2002, the PVC Product Stewardship Program is a series of commitments agreed to by Signatory companies.
The Program sets ‘realistic’ timeframes for the delivery of key undertakings in manufacturing, the safe use of additives, waste management, life cycle thinking, research and public reporting.
PVC – polyvinyl chloride – or vinyl, has been the subject of debate as to its environmental impact for some years; yet at the same time, the versatility and properties of PVC – durability, ink adhesion, outdoor strength, UV stability, flexible finishing options, weld ability and opacity – have proven to be very useful to the signage industry.
Signatories to the Australian program have phased out the use of lead and cadmium, reduced manufacturing emissions to world’s best practice, improved environmental management of operations, adopted life cycle thinking in developing new products and commenced innovative recycling programs, such as Rojo Pacific’s current recycling trials for post-consumer PVC sheeting.
Today, there are 34 Signatories to the PVC Product Stewardship Program from across the value chain of the vinyl industry in Australia including manufacturers, importers and suppliers to the sector.
“When the Program started in 2002, there was nothing like it in Australia,” said Sophi MacMillan, Chief Executive of the Vinyl Council of Australia, which oversees the Program.
“Since then, we have been able to demonstrate that a voluntary product stewardship approach can achieve real progress across an industry by enabling the sector to work together, with supply chains and stakeholders, to address the environmental footprint of its products."