PVC is not accepted in Singapore's recycling system.
Plastic #3, also known as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is a widely used plastic in many industries, including construction, packaging, and healthcare. PVC is known for its durability, versatility, and low cost, making it a popular choice for many products.
Some typical things made out of PVC include
- Transparent plastic backpacks
- Shower curtains and bath mats
- Vinyl flooring and floor tiles
- Tarps and sturdy plastic sheets
- Pipes and plumbing systems
- Electrical cable insulation
- Artificial leather and vinyl products
- Shrink wrap film
Note that the items listed above may be made with PVC, but they can also be made with other materials.
Unfortunately, PVC is not easily recycled and is usually only done in industrial settings. Do not put PVC in blue bins.
PVC is considered toxic due to the hazardous chemicals released during its production and disposal.
When PVC is incinerated, it releases various toxins, such as dioxins and hydrogen chloride. In Singapore's modern incinerators, these toxins are trapped by chemical scrubbers, preventing them from being released into the atmosphere; however, they still remain a contaminant in the bottom ash.
Dioxins have been linked to cancer, birth defects, and reproductive issues.