Canadians' access to recycling for expanded polystyrene has jumped since 2009, according to a report issued by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association.
EPS protective packaging recyclability more than doubled from 12 percent in 2009 to 31 percent at the end of 2011. EPS food packaging recyclability grew 7 percentage points to 32 percent, CPIA of Mississauga reported April 2.
The group credited advances in compacting technology that have made it more affordable to ship material to recyclers, said CPIA Vice President Cathy Cirko in a news release.
The highest accessibility rates in 2011, at more than 95 percent, were for plastic bottles. Dairy containers were recyclable by 91 percent of Canadians, up from 88 percent in 2009. PET non-bottle rigid packaging such as trays and bakery clamshells can be recycled by 76 percent of the population, up 3 percentage points.
Access to recycle non-foam PS is 44 percent. Access to plastic bag and other film recycling is 56 percent for municipal or private curbside pickup, but are probably higher if in-store recycling is included.
CM Consulting Inc. of Peterborough, Ontario, conducted the study and examined nearly every municipal recycling program in the country.