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ABS Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene
ACRR Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling
APPRICOD Assessing the Potential of Plastic Recycling in the
construction and demolition sectors
BBP Butylbenzylphthalate
Biodiversity The variety of plant and animal life
BPF British Plastics Federation
Br Bromine
C4 Canadian Chlorine Coordinating Committee
Ca-Zn Calcium-zinc
CCC Chlorine Chemistry Council (USA)
CDD Chlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin
CEFIC European Chemical Industry Council
CEN European Standardisation Committee
CFFA Chemical Fabrics & Film Association
CI Chlorine Institute, Inc
CMA Chemical Manufacturers Association
Carbon dioxide. This gas has a greenhouse effect, leading to
global warming.
Chemical oxygen demand - this is a laboratory test that
mimics the way substances react with oxygen in water.
Excessive removal of oxygen from rivers and streams harms
water-born life.
CPD Construction Products Directive
CPVC Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride
DBP Di-n-butyl phthalate
DEHP Di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate
DIDP Diisodecyl phthalate
DNA Deoxyribonucleic acid
DOP Di-octyl phthalate
EAL Enivironmental Assessment Limit
EAP Environment Action Programme
EATS European Automotive Trim Supplier Association
EC European Community
ECA European Collaborative Action
ECEH European Centre for Environment and Health
ECPI European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates
ECPI European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates
ECVM European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers
ED Ethylene dichloride
EDC Ethylene dichloride (also known as 1,2 dichloroethane)
EDEFA European Decorative Foils Association
EEC European Economic Community
EGMA European GeoMembranes Association
ELV End of Life Vehicles Directive
EMPM European Media Packaging Manufacturers Association
EPCOAT European PVC Coated Fabrics Group
EPER European Pollutant Emission Register
EPEX European Performance co-Extruders Association
EPFLOOR European PVC Floors Manufacturers Association
EPFMA European Polyvinyl Film Manufacturers Association
European PVC Window Profile and Related Building
Products Association
EPSM Engineering Polymer Shapes for Machining Association
EPVC Emulsion process
ERFMI European Resilient Flooring Manufacturers' Institute
ERPA European Rigid PVC-Film Association
ESPA European Stabilisers Producers Association
ESWA European Single ply Waterproofing Association
European Thermoplastics Independent Compounders
EuCIA European Composites Industry Association
EuPC European Plastics Converters Association
EuPF European Plastic Films Association
EuPR European Plastics Recyclers Association
Europa European Institutions On Line
EVA Ethylene vinyl-acetate copolymer
FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FOE Friends of the Earth
g gram
GJ Gigajoule - a measure of energy.
Hydrochlorofluorocarbons - are refrigerant gases and are
HCFC used in domestic refrigerator systems. They are ozone
HCl Hydrogen chloride
HELCOM Helsinki Commission
HPV High Production Volume Chemicals
HWI Hazardous Waste Incinerators
IARC International Agency for Research on Cancer
ICCA Intl Council of Chemical Associations
ICDLI International Committee of Decorative Laminates Institute
IFCS Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety
INDEX Critical Appraisal of the Setting and Implementation of
Indoor Exposure limits in the EU
IPC Integrated Pollution Control
IPCS International Programme on Chemical Safety
IPPC Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control
I-TEQ International toxicity equivalents
JECFA Expert Committee on Food Additives
JHPA Japan Hygienic PVC Association
JPEC Japan PVC Environmental Affairs Council
JPI Japan Petroleum Institute
JPPFA Japan PVC Pipe and Fittings Association
kg kilogram
LCA Life Cycle Assessment
LCI Life Cycle Inventory
LDPE Low density polyethylene
MBS Methyl methacrylate-butadiene-styrene copolymer
Maximum exposure limit. These limits are set by Health &
Safety regulations
mg milligram 10-3 g (one thousandth of a gram)
Milligrammes per litre. For water one mg/l is one part per
MJ Mega Joules
MoE Japanese Ministry of Environment
MP Mixed plastic
MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet
MSWI Municipal Solid Waste Incinerators
ng nanogram = 10-9 g (one billionth of a gram)
NOX Oxides of nitrogen
OECD The OECD Chemicals Programme
OSPAR Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of
the North-East Atlantic (Oslo and Paris Convention)

Oslo and Paris Convention for the Prevention of Marine

PACIA Plastics & Chemicals Industries Association
PAHs Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
PBDEs Polybrominated diphenyl ethers
PCB Polychlorinated biphenyls
PCDD Polychlorinated dibenzo-dioxins
PCDD/Fs Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans
PE Polyethylene
PeCDD Pentachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin
PET Polyethylene terephthalate
pg picogram 10-12 g (one trillionth of a gram)
European Plastic Automotive Fuel Systems
PLASTEUROPAC European Plastics Packaging Association
PP Polypropylene
ppb part per billion
ppm part per million
PPVC Paste Polyvinyl chloride
PS Polystyrene
PVC Polyvinyl chloride
PVC-U Unplasticised Polyvinyl chloride
Recovinyl European PVC recycling
REDOP Reduction of iron ore in blast furnace plants
SCALE EU programme on Science; Children; Awareness-raising;
SCF EU Scientific Committee for Food
Scientific Committee for Health and Environmental
SM Styrene monomer
Sulphur dioxide. This gas can cause direct harm to
SO2 plants and animals. It can develop into species that
contribute to acid rain.
SPVC Suspension Polyvinyl chloride
SVOC Semivolatile organic compounds
TCDD Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin
TDI Tolerable Daily Intake
TEPPFA European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association
TEQ Toxic Equivalent Quotient
TOC Total organic carbon
TVOC Total volatile organic compounds
UNDP United Nations Development Programme
UN-ECE Chemical Industry Pages, including : -Sustainable
Development -Assistance to countries in transition -
Development on production and trade statistics
UN-ECE United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
UNEP United Nations Environment Programme
UNIDO United Nations Industrial Development Organisation
VCM Vinyl chloride monomer
VEC Japanese Vinyl Environmental Council
Vinyl2010 Voluntary Commitement of the European PVC Industry
Vinyloop Flexible PVC recycling system developed by SolVin
VOC Emissions from building products
VOC Volatile organic compounds. Common general
examples would be petrol, solvents and perfumes.
WACOA Wall-coverings Association of Japan
WCC World Chlorine Council
WEEE Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Weight units
WHO World Health Organisation
WTO World Trade Organisation
WWF World Wide Fund for Nature
g microgram 10-6 g (one millionth of a gram)