Published On: Wed, Dec 23rd, 2015

CPIA calls for increased polystyrene recycling during holiday season

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has urged residents to ensure that polystyrene packaging materials are increasingly recycled during this holiday season.

MONTREAL : The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has urged residents to ensure that polystyrene packaging materials are increasingly recycled during this holiday season. The Association called upon the residents to make the most of the services offered by various municipalities.

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CPIA calls for increased polystyrene recycling during holiday season

The Association reminded that polystyrene items are completely recyclable and that it could be used to make sustainable new products. Residents could easily identify polystyrene materials (number 6 plastics) by looking for triangle mark with the number 6 inside. CPIA noted that consumption of polystyrene packaging is expected to rise during the holiday season as it is increasingly used to wrap gift articles.

CPIA applauded the efforts of Granby-based Polyform which collects and reclaims polystyrene wastes. It noted that the company keeps tons of waste materials out of landfills by recycling tons of polystyrene materials every year. In addition, polystyrene recycling also leads to positive environmental impact.

The LaSalle Ecocenter has played significant role in collection and recycling of these products. There has been a considerable rise in polystyrene recycling rates by consumers since the inception of LaSalle pilot program in October 2013. The facility will be open until December 24th. After Christmas holidays, the centre will reopen on Jan 4th. A permanent drop-off depot will be opened early next year in Pointe-Claire, CPIA noted. In addition, CPIA aims to partner with other communities to implement similar polystyrene collection programs.

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association is the national voice of Canada’s plastics industry, representing the interests of processors, material suppliers, equipment manufacturers and brand owners across the country. In Quebec, the plastics industry represents $4.4 billion in annual sales and $1.7 billion in exports. The industry employs 19,000 people directly and provides many support jobs.

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