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Can PVA Be Recycled?

Updated April 17, 2017

PVA, or polyvinyl acetate, is a rubbery plastic that is man made, or a synthetic compound. PVA is used for many different types of glue, including wood glue and school glue, and it can be recycled.

History

Polyvinyl acetate is a synthetic compound used in adhesives, such as glue, and latex paints to provide the film-forming properties in the paints. After these substances have been used and are removed, they form a type of rubbery plastic.

PVA Recycling

PVA is considered a scrap plastic, which can be recycled. There are companies that will actually purchase your scrap plastic from you if you have large enough quantities. These companies will then recycle the scrap plastics.

Recycling Results

Once PVA is collected for recycling, the recycling companies can make the scrap plastic into many different materials. Some of the items that recycled PVA can be used for are adhesive compounds, hard plastics and several other items depending on which recycling company you use.

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Racquel Ricci began writing in 1999, and has since worked as a grant writer for non-profit organizations and public school systems. She runs competetively and writes often about exercise and fitness. Ricci has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in psychology.