Making Styrofoam packaging waste all recyclable in Canada by 2030


According to CBC News, to achieve the goal of zero plastic waste by 2030, the Canadian plastics industry aims to make all plastic packaging materials, including Styrofoam packaging, recyclable by 2030.


This is one of the national policies that proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. David Suzuki Foundation, the Canadian Environmental Law Association, the Broadbent Institute, and dozens of other countries in the Canadian Declaration on Zero waste Plastics processing.



As the most widely used plastic types, Styrofoam is also included in the zero plastic waste plan. Styrofoam material is often found in the packaging, single-used containers and other foam products. There are less than 11% of Styrofoam being recycled in Canada, just a litter higher than the international average of 9%.


Disposable Styrofoam containers are particularly difficult to recycle, because they have a large production scale and are much faster from use to disposal. We benefit from it and we are also troubled by its disposal. Recycling Styrofoam packaging is a important part to meet the target of zero plastic waste.



In some regions, although there are certainly Styrofoam recycling stations, not all Styrofoam waste finally get to the recycling center, actually most of it may end up in landfills. The main reason is that Styrofoam recycling is proved to be profitless due to the bulky and dirty surface.


In order to meet the target, recycling systems made need to be changed to reduce contamination or single-use packaging like foam food containers. Mechanical recycling is a good way which needs for further development. As a Styrofoam recycling specialist, GREENMAX is a good option for Styrofoam recycling.



The federal government is working with provinces and territories to find a comprehensive approach to realize plastic recycling and encourages Canadians to continue to share their ideas to address this challenge in national consultations.