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Demand up for recyclable polystyrene

Used polystyrene packaging is in greater demand these days, thanks to expanding end market opportunities. One of th...


Used polystyrene packaging is in greater demand these days, thanks to expanding end market opportunities. One of these markets is the Canadian Polystyrene Recycling Alliance (CPRA), which purchased the equipment and technology from the Canadian Polystyrene Recycling Association late last year.

The new CPRA is owned by an established Port Hope-based company and joins a highly successful group of companies dedicated to the recovery and remanufacture of polystyrene into picture frames and other products. The new CPRA has sales across North America, employs 250 Ontarians, and has showrooms in Atlanta Georgia, and Toronto.

Recognizing that the creation of CPRA provides municipalities with an opportunity to expand the diversion of their plastic packaging waste, EPIC is helping the new entity facilitate meetings with municipalities interested in polystyrene collection. The City of Toronto, in particular, is interested in adding polystyrene to its curbside program later this year.

“We welcome this new opportunity to divert plastic packaging waste,” says Cathy Cirko, Vice President, Environment and Health, Canadian Plastics Industry Association, who adds that the market for polystyrene and other recycled plastic products in North America is growing every year. “We’re happy to report that North American markets are getting stronger every day.”

Polystyrene packaging being recycled by CPRA includes: foam and rigid PS take-out containers for deli, bakery, prepared foods, fresh fruit and vegetables, salad and sandwich boxes; cushion packaging for electronics and other home appliances; foam meat trays and egg cartons; and foam and rigid PS cups and plates.


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