• PVC’s long life cycle means that most installed PVC remains in service, delivering water and discarding waste, so the issue of handling discarded PVC materials is somewhat minimized. However, even discarded PVC is recycled. According to the Vinyl Institute, vinyl may be automatically sorted from other recyclables. And the demand for recycled vinyl exceeds the supply.
• No waste in the manufacturing process. Leftover materials are simply reground for more product.
PVC pipe has been successfully tested against the ANSI/NSF 61 standard
and other health effects standards for more than 35 years. While the
safety qualifications of its metal counterparts have been consistently
challenged, PVC has continued to deliver water as pure at the end of the
pipe as when it enters the system. PVC is a thermoplastic material made
from compounds that commonly meet Class 12434 per ASTM D 1784 or
Class 11432 per ASTM D 4396 (for cellular core pipe).