The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), along with the city of Montreal and other partners, is embarking on a polystyrene recycling project that it hopes will be a model for future endeavors of this type. The new program invites Montreal residents to drop off their foam or rigid PS products at the Ecocenter Saint-Patrick in LaSalle, Que. Recovered PS will be recycled by Polystyrene Recyc Plus of Quebec and reprocessed by Polyform of Quebec into products such as insulating boards, cushion packaging, and other finishing construction products.
Projects of this type could be an alternative to banning PS foam packaging. According to the website nofoamchicago.com, more than 100 U.S. cities nationwide have either banned foamed PS or are currently working on an ordinance to do so.