MONTREAL - The Plastic Film Manufacturers Association of Canada has expanded its curbside film recycling program by extending it to municipalities in the Montreal area. Film producers Balcan Plastics Ltd. of St. Leonard, Quebec, and Emballages St. Jean. Ltd. of St. Luc, Quebec, are among fivePFMAC member companies that have agreed to use the post-consumer scrap in production.
About 40,000 homes are participating in the project, which began Feb. 1.
Officials expect the project to recycle as much as 220,000 pounds of polyethylene film this year.
A similar program launched in Ontario in 1993 involving 600,000 homes has recycled about 3.3 million pounds of PE film, the group said.
Louis Gouron, president of the Quebec chapter of PFMAC and vice president of sales and marketing for Balcan, said guaranteed markets for recycled film will address municipal objections to expanding collection systems.
PFMAC is a division of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. of Canada, based in Don Mills, Ontario.