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Styrofoam Compactor Pilot Launches in Brockton

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Event today to mark arrival of green machine in Walkerton.

Brockton, Hanover and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association are hosting a special launch of the Polystyrene Densifier pilot project today.

It is at the Brockton Recyling Centre in Walkerton from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Polystyrene Densifier also known as the styrofoam compactor machine is generating a lot of excitement.

Brockton Environmental Advisory Chair Bruce Davidson says the official launch serves as an educational event for other municipal leaders and those in the retail and industry sector eager to learn more.

The machine which densifies polystyrene into long bricks was shipped in from Denmark and only takes up the floor space of a regular washer or dryer. 

Polystyrene and styrofoam materials are dropped in the top of the machine, shredded and compacted into heavy long rectangular bricks that can be resold.

Davidson says in just twenty months Hanover and Brockton can collect enough polystyrene to be the height of the CN Tower. 

He says one 58 foot tractor trailer load of polystyrene can be compacted down into bricks that can be fit easily on the back of a pick up truck.

Davidson says it is all about transforming waste into worth, as the compact bricks have a dollar value and will be repurposed.

This pilot project was born out of need after the company that had been taking Brockton and Hanover’s polystyrene for recycling purposes for decade stopped abruptly about three years ago.

This meant all of the polystyrene materials that had been diverted through recycling efforts ended up in the landfill.

This was not acceptable, and Brockton’s Environmental Advisory Committee sought out new solutions and came back with the polystyrene densifer machine option.

The 22 thousand dollar machine was made possible thanks to sponsorship dollars from both the Canadian Plastics Industry, Bruce Power as well as buy in from both Brockton and Hanover.

At full operation this densifier will increase recycling diversion of polystyrene by up to 90% thus reducing demand on landfill space. 

The machine has been in operation since mid March, as officials worked out the kinks. 

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