Polystyrene recycling in Canada has been given a boost from the sale of the country's main recycling facility in Mississauga, Ontario.
Polyframe Moulding Inc. purchased the assets of the Canadian Polystyrene Recycling Association on March 3 for an undisclosed amount. Polyframe is a PS recycler in Port Hope, Ontario, that converts part of its output into extruded picture frames.
``We're negotiating with the [CPRA] landlord to see if we'll stay in Mississauga,'' said Polyframe President Sam Alavy.
If he can't reach favorable terms, Alavy is prepared to move the CPRA operation to Port Hope, he said in a telephone interview.
Polyframe renamed the purchased operation the Canadian Polystyrene Recycling Alliance. Alavy said it will resume taking scrap PS on March 10.
The operation handles post-industrial and post-consumer PS, unlike Polyframe, which has been weighted to post-industrial scrap. Each operation has capacity to recycle about 60,000 pounds per day, Alavy estimated.
CPRA shut its doors in December, partly because the strong Canadian dollar made selling recycled resin in U.S. dollars an uneconomic endeavor. Low capacity utilization was another problem.
Alavy called on more municipalities to add PS to their recycling stream to help make ventures such as his more profitable. Although 17 municipalities collected post-consumer PS for CPRA, the city of Toronto has delayed adding the material to its Blue Box recycling program.
Resin producers, product manufacturers, distributors and end users owned the former CPRA. They invested C$7 million (US$7.07 million) in recycling equipment since the operation started in 1991.