Styrofoam to be recycled in Montreal
As of today Montrealers will be able to recycle styrofoam by bringing rinsed off items with a triangle and a number six at the back to the Écocentre in LaSalle.
“Polystyrene is 100% recyclable, it can be reused and remanufactured; it’s a shame to see it go to the landfills,” Paul Auquin, Director of the Canadian Plastic Association, told CJAD.
It's the second time Montreal launches a pilot project to recycle styrofoam. After the success of the first three month trial, the city has decided to start this full year one.
“We’re hoping to get data on the cost involved in recycling it on a continuous basis, so by doing it over a year, we will have data on whether you’re recycling it in summer or winter and so on.”
Auquin says the long term goal is to see polystyrene recycled in all the Écocentres and in the blue boxes.
He says regulations could change in 2018 so that styrofoam is collected in blue boxes in Montreal.