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Ontario plastics recycler gets $4 million to fund pilot program

A plastics recycling company in Sarnia has received $4 million from the Ontario government to improve its technology.


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June 9, 2011 by Canadian Plastics

A plastics recycling company in Sarnia has received $4 million from the Ontario government to improve its technology.

The funding for Entropex comes from Ontario’s Innovation Demonstration Fund (IDF). The Entropex technology recovers mixed rigid plastics, like clam shell packages and bakery trays, to the manufacturing sector to be re-used. According to Entropex, the process is expected to reduce enough electricity for the energy needs of 38,000 people.

The pilot should reach commercial scale by August 2012, the company said, and will create up to 90 new jobs.

Founded in 1978, Entropex develops market-specific recycled polyethylene and polypropylene for a variety of consumer and industrial applications. According to the company, it is the 8th largest post consumer recycler and the 18th largest plastic recycler in North America.

Ontario’s IDF program is a discretionary, non-entitlement funding program administered by the Ministry of Research and Innovation that focuses on the commercialization and initial technical demonstration of globally competitive, innovative green technologies, processes and/or products.