Brockton and Hanover residents will again be able to recycle their Styrofoam
and polystyrene materials.
Councilor Chris Peabody says this is all thanks to pilot project made
possible by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association.
This involves bringing in a polystyrene compactor machine from Denmark that
will shred up the polystyrene and compress it into bricks.
This is huge for the shared Hanover Walkerton landfill which receives the
equivalent of 17 tractor trailer loads worth of polystyrene a year.
The new machine will compress that polystyrene into just 1 tractor trailer
load a year and it will be shipped to Montreal where they will receive 500
dollars a tonne .
By diverting the 17 tractor trailer loads worth of polystyrene from the
Hanover Walkerton Landfill site, it represents an overall savings of 32
thousand dollars in landfill space a year.
For a decade recycling styrofoam and polystyrene was a common practice for
Hanover and Brockton residents, until the company that took the polystyrene
ended their relationship abruptly about a year and a half ago.
Since that time all styrofoam and polystyrene materials have ended up in the
Peabody says this has resulted in overall increases in residential and
commercial waste in both municipalities.
Brockton’s Environment Advisory Committee Chair Bruce Davidson played an
instrumental role in finding the a solution to the polystyrene problem by
partnering with the Canadian Plastics Industry Association.
The cost to purchase and install the polystyrene shredder compactor machine
will be about 22 thousand dollars.
The Canadian Plastics industry Association is going to pay a chunk of that
(grant dollar not yet known will be at least 5 thousand dollars), Bruce Power
will chip in another 5 thousand with Brockton Hanover splitting the remaining
The pilot project will also include about 9 to 15 hours of labour a week for
the employee who will feed the polystyrene into the machine.