The Canadian Polystyrene Recycling Alliance (CPRA) has announced the closing of its plant in Mississauga, Ontario on February 5, raising questions about where and how the material will be recycled that is now being collected be various municipalities, including Toronto.
Industry experts say a possible new approach will be direct utilization of the material without washing — something that has proven successful elsewhere for depot-collected or otherwise “clean” material (the CPRA plant washed the material, adding to expenses).
Here’s the letter from CPRA announcing the closure:
We regret to inform you that CPRA’s Transmere Drive, Mississauga, Ontario polystyrene washing operations and processing plant have been shut down and will not accept any further deliveries from its suppliers at this location. Please suspend all shipments to our Mississauga plant effective immediately.
During this closure CPRA will be reorganized and moved to its Port Hope, Ontario operations. CPRA will change its operations to only accept “clean, dry” polystyrene from depot and curbside operations that meet our specifications. There are strong markets right here in Ontario for clean polystyrene.
We are interested in working cooperatively with municipalities to recycle these materials.
CPRA will continue to supply recycled PS to its sister companies Polyframe, Picture Depot and North American Mouldings to be manufactured into picture frames, construction & decorative mouldings and supply other markets.
Further information will be provided by CPRA once these plans are finalized.
President & CEO