ReVital Polymers, Pyrowave and Ineos partner to launch PS recycling consortium
The partnership will focus on materials collected in consumer curbside and depot recycling systems as well as other sources such as restaurants, offices, schools, and universities.
Two Ontario firms are part of a trio of companies that are partnering to recycle polystyrene packaging collected in consumer curbside and depot recycling systems as well as other sources such as restaurants, offices, schools, and universities.
The partnership will involve ReVital Polymers, Pyrowave, and Ineos Styrolution, all of which are involved in post-consumer packaging recovery.
Sarnia, Ont.-based ReVital will install Pyrowave’s Catalytic Microwave Depolymerization (CMD) technology as part of its plastics recycling process to convert sorted post-consumer polystyrene packaging into a liquid that contains plastic building blocks, called monomers, which it will hand over to Ineos Syrolution. It will process the material in a final step to return it to a virgin resin state for reuse. Ineos is a leader in styrenics that manufactures and supplies polystyrene for various food service packaging applications and consumer goods products.
Pyrowave is headquartered in Oakville, Ont.
Polystyrene is mostly known for its use in foam and rigid packaging, containers, cups and utensils commonly used for food and beverage delivery in supermarkets and take-out food service.
“This is a game changer for consumers and for municipal and industrial, commercial and institutional recycling programs,” said Keith Bechard, chief commercial officer at ReVital Polymers. “Polystyrene packaging, regardless of colour, food residue or odours, can be successfully added to recycling programs. For ReVital, this project is an opportunity to increase our range of acceptable feedstock, increase the recovery rate for residential and commercial recycling programs and increase our value proposition to customers.”