MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - The Environment and Plastics Institute of Canada, based in Mississauga, has begun three studies on diverting waste plastics from landfills. One will investigate whether automotive fluff - the plastics and other materials left over after cars are recycled - can bind heavy metals such as lead. A potential application is use of fluff as landfill covers to restrict heavy metal leaching.
Another study will examine use of reclaimed polyvinylidene chloride-coated plastic films combined with crumbed rubber in compounds for molding products such as trash cans and paint trays.
EPIC also will investigate reprocessing of oil-contaminated high density polyethylene con-