In general, PVC cables are recycled mechanically.
At the end of their life cycle, cables are recovered by recyclers that, through a process of peeling, separate the conductor (copper) from sheathing and insulation (the plastic materials).
The copper is recovered and recycled in the foundry.
To be recycled, the sheathing and the insulation of electrical cables, or the single sheathing of telephone cables, after being separated from the conductor, is subjected to a mechanical process of micronisation. The micronised PVC is sold on the market to be used in suitable applications for the production of new products.
Alongside the traditional mechanical recycling of PVC cables insulation and sheathing, a more sophisticated process, called Vinyloop®, has been operating since 2003.