VYCOM’s Green Mission
Vycom is an affiliate of The AZEK Company, a leading supplier of premium-branded, low-maintenance building products. AZEK is widely known for its commitment to bringing value and quality to its customers. At Vycom and throughout all of AZEK, we believe our responsibility is not only to our customers, but also to the environment. As a company, we strive to maintain sustainable business practices and use our resources in a responsible manner. We are focused on achieving sustainability through ongoing improvements that protect our environment, our team members and our business partners.
We Take Sustainability Seriously
Plastic waste is a global crisis. Performance plastics are valuable long after their initial usage, but an overwhelming amount of PVC, Acrylic and PE are not properly recovered or recycled. In a circular economy, performance plastics can be recycled again and again, eliminating waste and reusing valuable resources. As affiliates of The AZEK Company, both Vycom and Return Polymers are proud to not only offer high-quality products made from up to 100% post-consumer and post-industrial recycled materials, we also play an active role in reducing plastic waste through recycling. We are committed to being good corporate citizens and will continuously explore ways to keep performance plastics out of the waste stream.
How it Works – The Vycom Recycling Program
Contact Vycom to Enroll
Email [email protected] to enroll in the Vycom Recycling Program. Once program parameters are confirmed, marked bins can be delivered to your location for collecting waste.
We Provide the Bins and Totes, You Sort the Materials
Once enrolled, we provide you with bulk containers as needed to store your scrap and recyclable materials. Note that materials must be sorted by polymer: PVC, Acrylic and PE waste must be placed in separate bins. Printed and unprinted sheets, with or without attached Velcro and vinyl, are accepted.
Schedule a Pick-up
When it’s time to retrieve the scrap materials, contact Return Polymers at [email protected] to coordinate a pick-up date. We will replenish the waste bin stock so the process can continue without interruption.
How it Works – Turning your Scrap into
- The scrap material is sent through a three-step process:
– Scrap is manually sorted as needed, then mixed and loaded on the line at our recycling facilities.
– Material is shredded to standardize the shape and size (approx. 2” x 2”).
– Different form factors of recycled material are mixed in to create a consistent ratio.
– Material is further mixed and melted it into a homogenous form. It is heated to nearly 400˚F, which increases the weight of the material.
– The recycled material is filtered one more time to remove any impurities that may have made it through the system to ensure it is 100% clean and reusable.
– Material is cooled and reduced in size before moving on for quality and performance testing.
3. Size Reduction
– This is the process of granulating the cooled material so it can be blended with our other components for use in the final formulation of Vycom, TimberTech or other AZEK products.
- When the main manufacturing facilities require material, a bulk truck is dispatched for a transfer. The recycled material is used to create new decking, siding, cladding and trim products.
Vycom is committed to accelerating the use of recycled material in the manufacturing of innovative, high-performance products across all associated companies, keeping hundreds of millions of pounds of waste out of landfills each year and revolutionizing the industry to create a more sustainable future.
View Our Recycling Case Studies
- Condit Finds Value in Vycom PVC Recycling Program
- Piedmont Plastics Helps its Customers Stay Green with the Vycom PVC Recycling Program
- CIP Retail Reduces Environmental Impact with Vycom PVC Recycling Program
Vycom’s Sustainability Features in Publications
- IAPD Performance Plastics, Vycom receives IAPD Environmental Impact Award – September 2021
- Printing United Journal, Taking Sustainability Seriously – September 2020
- Wide-format Impressions, Investigating the Recyclability of Wide-format Media – August/September 2020