While I admit recycling a vinyl banner isn’t something I need to do every day, these things catch us out from time to time, especially in the work place after conferences or promotions.
I had an email from Andrea who wrote “We’ve been doing a bit of a clear out at work and have some vinyl banners that we no longer need.
As you can imagine, I don’t want them just thrown out and have tried to find out how I can get rid of them in the most sustainable way.
Turning them myself into bags (which is the main suggestion I have found for them) is not really an option for me and I have tried to see if I can find anybody who takes these sorts of materials to reuse or recycle but with not much luck.
I was hoping that you might have some ideas or contacts who could help? (If I have no luck I will see if anybody on my freegle group wants them).
Well it’s over to you my friends. When it comes to artistry and creative ideas with sticky backed plastic, or even vinyl banners and old washing up liquid bottles, I am back of the queue.
However I know some of you will have some fabulous ideas and if you happen to know of a company who recycles vinyl, we’re all ears!
To be honest, here at Zero Waste Towers I’d probably keep some. We run a wood burner and tarpaulin is a great way to keep stacks of wood dry while it seasons, so I’d see it as a free resource. I’m also wondering if schools might like them – for messy play in reception classes.
On my travels around the internet I found a list of ‘certified recyclers’ of vinyl, but I would imagine these are for business collections and there are so many on there I wouldn’t know where to begin.
Finally, I found Griffin Designs who claim their vinyl banners can be redesigned and reused, in order to keep them out of landfill, so be sure to add that to your bookmarks for future reference.
Vinyl gets bad press and has been declared ” the worst plastic for the environment”, after a 2 year investigation by Greenpeace. The environmental group say that additives in PVC pose imminent risk to humans, especially children and they are concerned about the amount of dioxins released during the lifecycle of PVC. Unfortunately many items for babies and children are made from PVC such as teethers, inflatable pools and playmats…
What suggestions can you give to Andrea for recycling these vinyl banners?