Polystyrene foam products provide a wide variety of benefits. From excellent insulation, transportation ease, to providing sanitation in hospitals and restaurants, foam foodservice products are efficient and affordable products for our busy lifestyles. One of the best benefits of these products is that they can be recycled into several different products including picture frames, park benches and even surfboards.
Early November, the Canadian Plastics Association reported that almost 3,000 tons of expanded polystyrene was recycled in 2013 in Canada, striking a positive impact for recycling and the environment. Recycling in Canada continues to be a growing demand, as Nova Scotia, Pointe-Claire, and Beaconsfield are just a few cities who have made foam recycling a priority in their community. Additionally, CPIA has supported the development of a depot-based collection program in Montreal, as well as curbside programs in many Ontario communities, and Multi-Material British Columbia collects polystyrene at more than 280 depot locations throughout the province.
Thanks to these programs, residents are able to recycle polystyrene foodservice packaging, egg cartons, meat trays, protective packaging and other foam products. Through polystyrene recycling drives, curbside collection programs, and other recycling programs CPIA has proven foam recycling is growing well in the country.
Have you ever wondered how polystyrene foam is recycled?
Polystyrene foam is a lightweight and easily recyclable material. After being collected at drop-off locations or curbside, it is put into a machine called a densifier where the material is compacted and condensed into blocks. The foam blocks are then shipped to manufacturers around the world. The facilities who take the foam can turn the recycled material into brand new consumer products, like picture frames, interior moulding and park benches. To learn more about this process check out this video.
So this winter when you grab your coffee in a foam cup, remember how this product conveniently provides exceptional benefits while remaining recyclable!
Want to start recycling polystyrene foam in your community? Check out these recycling tips that explain the foam recycling process. The process is seamless, and can leverage a city’s existing curbside recycling infrastructure. As more cities and organizations adopt foam #6 recycling programs, the demand for processors, brokers, pelletizers and manufacturers will grow. Connect with potential customers by becoming a recycling partner. Check out this form here to get started! To find a market for your foam #6, see our full list of foam #6 buyers.
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