Partnering with Eco-Captation and the Township of Potton
NexKemia partners with Eco-Captation and the Township of Potton on the recycling of polystyrene foam
Innovative recycling initiative in the Municipality of the Township of Potton
June 29, 2021 – Mansonville, QC Canada – NexKemia, a leader in the production of custom, expandable polystyrene resins (EPS), is proud to partner with the Municipality of the Township of Potton as well as Eco-Captation, to make the recycling of expanded and extruded polystyrene (polystyrene foams) possible for the residents of the Municipality of the Township of Potton.
NexKemia is eager to help facilitate the recovery of this material, as it is 100% recyclable. “This is the first of several announcements to be made in the coming months regarding NexKemia’s involvement in the circular economy. These many actions will have a significant and positive impact on our future operations”, says NexKemia General Manager, Pierre Beaudry.
Citizens can now bring their expanded and extruded polystyrene directly to the Potton ecocentre, operated by the municipality. The facilities, provided by NexKemia, are used to accumulate EPS foam before it is sent to Eco-Captation. Eco-Captation then pre-conditions the recycled EPS material and distributes it to companies using PS in their operations. This whole process ensures that EPS products are recycled, closing the loop. “In all the places where we have agreements, people did not believe that there was so much polystyrene that was sent to landfills,” notes Eco-Captation vice-president Gilles Venne. “Finally, we succeeded in closing the loop with the consumer. We collect the polystyrene; we condition it and NexKemia will take it back to insert it into the product. We’re in a circular economy, so that’s very, very good.” Alexandra Leclerc, environmental director of the Potton Township went on to say, “The establishment of drop-off points to recover this material helps to make possible the use of the recycled polystyrene by NexKemia, which will become an example of ideal recovery, where the material is generated and recycled locally”.
“This is a first step in the right direction. The current polystyrene recycling model must be as close as possible to citizens so that it is easy for everyone to recover it. We thank the Municipality, as well as Eco-Captation for their help” says Nexkemia’s Business Manager, Stéphane Trépanier.