Polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam, can now be brought to the ecocentre for recovery.
This is part of a pilot project aimed at reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill sites by Gatineau residents.
Attention! Styrofoam does not go in the blue bin. It must be brought to the ecocentre.
In order to be recoverable under the pilot project, items must fall into one of the following categories. Be sure to sort by category before getting to the ecocentre.
When in doubt, consult DTRITUS to find out how to dispose of your items.
Polystyrene is a material used for synthetic insulation. There are two types: expanded polystyrene (also known as Styrofoam) and extruded polystyrene (rigid). Polystyrene is found in different forms, and its resin ID code is #6.
Rigid polystyrene is not accepted as part of the pilot project. Only expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) items identified above can be left at the ecocentre for recovery.
Polystyrene is a significant contaminant at the Tricentris recyclables sorting centre. When compacted in the collection trucks or at the sorting centre, it breaks apart into statically charged microbeads that stick to other materials, thereby contaminating them.
Because there are so few uses for recycled polystyrene, bringing it to the ecocentre is the best way to ensure its optimal recovery.
Recovered polystyrene is used to make lightweight concrete urban furniture and for blown insulation in basements, walls and lofts.
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