Hi, I’m Polyvinyl Chloride – Plastic #3


Warning: Use of undefined constant nw_noteworthyLink - assumed 'nw_noteworthyLink' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /nfs/c10/h15/mnt/146339/domains/gogreencharleston.org/html/wp-content/themes/_gogreen/theloop.php on line 131

Warning: Use of undefined constant template_directory - assumed 'template_directory' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /nfs/c10/h15/mnt/146339/domains/gogreencharleston.org/html/wp-content/themes/_gogreen/theloop.php on line 132

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC or V), also known as plastic #3, is pretty rare when it comes to household plastics. Only 2% of all plastic containers are PVC, despite being accidentally discovered way back in the 1800s.

What is it made of?
PVC is Polyvinyl Chloride – Its molecular formula is (-CH2-CHCl-)n. It’s a tough and strong resin that doesn’t react with other chemicals.

What is it used for?
PVC can be found in signs, cooking oil bottles, electrical wires, window cleaner bottles, toys, shampoo bottles, water pipes, shrink wrap, and fast food containers.

Can it be recycled locally?
No! Unfortunately, plastic #3 cannot be recycled in the Lowcountry. Hopefully this will change soon – we’ve heard rumors and rumblings from both Charleston and Dorchester counties. In the mean time, try to avoid them when you can – and reuse them when you can’t. Feel free to call your local recycling office (links to the right) and let them know you’d like to have PVC recycling.

What does it look like?
PVC is thin, transparent, and light…but also flimsy and non-durable. That’s why you’ll find it in things like blister pack, and throwaway food containers and bags. Here is what I collected over a couple weeks:

Why is this important?
Once plastic is created, it’s going to be around for a long time. I guess the best way to keep PVC out of the landfill (PVC is not recyclable in most areas) is to avoid products using it as packaging. Recycling programs need to be broadened to include all plastic resins so PVC can be reclaimed to make things like cables, decks, panels, and binders. Sounds boring, but hey – reducing our impact in every way possible is the only real path to a sustainable future. We’ve got to use less, and recycle more.

Want to learn more?
As always a random roundup of PVC, and both Wikipedia and Earth Odyssey have good info.

Previously on Go Green:



3 Responses to “Hi, I’m Polyvinyl Chloride – Plastic #3”

  1. 1 http://seoservicethai.blogspot.com/

    I have to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in penning this blog.

    I am hoping to view the same high-grade blog posts by you later on as well.

    In fact, your creative writing abilities has encouraged
    me to get my own, personal blog now 😉

  2. 2 Party Catering Services in Highland Park Texas,

    What i do not understood is if truth be told how you are not actually much more
    neatly-favored than you might be now. You are so intelligent.
    You recognize thus considerably in the case of this matter, produced
    me for my part believe it from a lot of varied angles.
    Its like men and women are not involved unless it’s something to do with Girl gaga!

    Your personal stuffs excellent. Always maintain it up!

  3. 3 Lechateauguillestre.com

    Lechateauguillestre.com

    Check our website
    by: RBN

Leave a Reply










Subscribe to Go Green

 RSS Feed




Go Green Social Sites



Become a Fan on Facebook
Follow Us on Twitter
See Our Photos on Flickr




Browse by Topic



9 Questions (3)
Announcements (73)
Blogs (4)
Bottled Water (7)
buying local (7)
Cardboard (1)
Carrotmob (1)
Charleston (118)
Charleston County (55)
Cleaning (1)
Climate Change (26)
Clothing (1)
Coal (2)
Community (52)
Composting (17)
Conservation (43)
Corporations (12)
Dorchester County (7)
Driving (3)
Earth Day (3)
Education (30)
Electronics (2)
Energy (48)
Energy Conservation Tips (19)
Events (92)
Food (32)
Freecycle (1)
Gardening (4)
Global Warming (17)
Go Green Charleston (42)
Go Green Local Guide (6)
Go Green Polls (11)
Go Green TV (2)
Government (17)
Green Building (12)
Green Choices (103)
Green Gardening (23)
Green News and Notes (7)
Green Nonprofits (4)
Interviews (3)
Kids (4)
Litter (3)
Local Business (76)
Local Produce (29)
Local Projects (100)
Maps (10)
Mount Pleasant (30)
Nonprofits (2)
Oil Dependency (15)
Organic (1)
Paper (15)
Parenting (6)
Park Circle (3)
Parks (4)
Plastic Bags (15)
Plastics (39)
Politics (6)
Pollution (20)
Public Transportation (14)
Recycling (93)
Recycling Fail (4)
Reducing Consumption (29)
Reviews (13)
Roundups (21)
Sensibly Green (2)
Solar (2)
South Carolina (15)
Summerville (5)
Surprising Recyclables (10)
Sustainability (2)
Sustainable Living (95)
Technology (1)
Trash (88)
Travel (27)
Uncategorized (4)
Water (21)
Weekly Trashed (19)
West Ashley (5)
Workshops (1)

Green Blogs We Read

Site Tools