07/06/2011

Montreal Polystyrene Recycling Pilot Project

Look for the number 6!  

Over the next three months there will be a polystyrene recycling pilot project at Eadie Ecocentre in Montreal’s South-West borough. The project’s goal is to keep polystyrene out of the landfill by finding environmentally friendly and economical solutions for collecting and recycling polystyrene with a view to sustainable development.

There are few facilities in Quebec or in the rest of Canada for recycling this material. Polystyrene foam is bulky and very light (90% air), making collection costly. There are, however, ways to recycle polystyrene foam when it’s clean. The main challenges are collecting clean material, transporting it economically, and recycling it through commercially viable outlets—hence this pilot project! 

How to participate? From June 1 to August 31, 2011, for a limited time, Montreal residents can take their polystyrene items, containers, and packaging to Eadie Ecocentre. Polystyrene, also known as number 6 plastic, is either a hard plastic or foam. The steps are simple: IDENTIFY, CLEAN, and DEPOSIT items in the reserved area at Eadie Ecocentre. Make sure to clean food containers before you bring them in.

How to identify polystyrene? You can identify polystyrene by the triangle with the number 6 inside. This symbol appears on most consumer products, as well as on food packaging and protective wrapping. 

Where to bring them? Eadie Ecocentre, 1868 rue Cabot in Montréal. Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Phone : 514-872-0384. 

This pilot project benefits society. Participate and make a difference!

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