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Can PVC be recycled?

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PVC plastic can be recycled into nearly 100 new PVC products, including packaging, pipe, siding, floor tiles, notebook covers and traffic cones. PVC plastic is identified by the number 3 inside the arrow triangle recycling symbol.

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PVC, often known simply as vinyl, is composed of chlorine and ethylene with additives that soften the brittle PVC into a malleable form. It is a versatile plastic that can be flexible, rigid or semi-liquid; clear or colored; and thick or thin. Rigid products include bottles, food packages, siding and windows. Synthetic leather, medical tubing and film and sheet plastic are some examples of flexible vinyl products.

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