Residents of Pictou County are now able to recycle expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam alongside regular plastic, glass, metal and milk container curb collections. Pictou County joins the Annapolis Valley as the only two places in the province with an EPS recycling program. Polystyrene foam is sometimes mistakenly referred to as ‘Styrofoam®’, a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company.
The introduction of polystyrene into the community’s recycling process is due to the acquisition of a piece of machinery that heats and melts the foam. Once reduced, the foam is shipped to a manufacturing company and transformed into picture frames and decorative trims.
According to distributor price lists, the price for alternative containers is on average 2.5 times that of polystyrene foam cups. Given the economic advantage, Pictou County school cafeterias regularly purchase large quantities of various foam products. The new program now enables students to recycle their lunch plates, cups, and bowls.
Dart Container Corporation applauds and supports the recycling efforts of polystyrene foam materials. Dart has also launched several programs to encourage individuals and businesses to recycle foam products and has established fifteen collection centers for recycling in North America. Individual drop-off centers enable recycled foam products to be reprocessed into plastic lumber and crown molding.
This program is a great step forward for Pictou County and its residents who will now be able to add another common household item to their recycling bins. It is also a great step forward for local businesses and schools, who will not have to find alternatives.