MONTREAL — Sol Plastics LP of Montreal is making recycling containers from 100 percent recycled plastic for Ottawa and Carlton, Ontario.
Sol will mold about 10,000 containers for curbside paper recycling. It sourced high and low density post-consumer polyethylene from the municipality to make the containers in a closed-loop program. Ottawa and Carlton, which share a common municipal government, collected HDPE bottles and LDPE bags in its curbside recycling program and supplied them to Sol.
Sol General Manager Max Maurice said by telephone that his firm does not need to compound additives in the post-consumer plastic, because the collected materials already contain additives such as ultraviolet-light stabilizers. The 14-gallon containers are gray because the plastic contains a range of colors.
Ottawa-Carlton officials will test the containers over a few months.
Sol began recycling and pallet molding last year after its partners invested about C$33 million (US$22.2 million) in the facility.