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VICTORIA – A new industry-driven initiative in Australia hopes to divert as much as 1.5 million tonnes of scrap composite polyester fabrics from landfill, having been granted funding by the country’s government.

The Specialised Textiles Association (STA) and The Vinyl Council of Australia (VCA) will spearhead research into the recycling of waste polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyester (PES) composite textile products, such as banners, tents, marine fabrics and ground sheets.

“This grant now gives VCA and STA a real opportunity to collaborate to engage the textile sector in developing a viable scheme for recovery and reprocessing of this waste stream, particularly as there is a potential end-use for the material that will lead to manufacturing of a completely new durable building product in Australia,” commented VCA’s stewardship manager, Jan van de Graaff.

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