In an effort to raise awareness of the various film and foam recycling options, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CAPI) has partnered with American organizations to document and track the various collection options in North America. – and to report the results in two new directories. .
The two new directories – www.plasticfilmrecycling.org for films and bags, and www.recyclemoreplastic.org/plastics/eps_map.html for foam – were created to provide Canadians with searchable and easy-to-use databases. “Once the user enters their zip code, the websites generate a list of nearby collection locations by name and address,” the CPIA said. “There is also a feature that allows retail establishments and depots to add their organization’s name and location to the list as a depot. “
Specific materials targeted for collection are plastic bags and films, such as grocery and retail bags, dry cleaning bags, bread and produce bags, and overwrapping such as plastic. transparent around paper napkins and drink cases, as well as styrofoam packaging used for food. and foodservice applications and protective packaging. All materials collected for recycling must be clean, dry and empty. Common items that need to be removed are bag receipts, tags, and foam tape.
“In Canada, more than 60 percent of the population has access to municipal recycling facilities for bags and films, and 35 percent has access to recycling programs for foam,” the CPIA said. “With the addition of retail and private depot collection points, these access rates will continue to increase. “