Recycling

If You Want to Recycle Our Born 3 Eggs Styrofoam Cartons,
We Have Some Good News!

Styrofoam egg cartons are now included in a province-wide recycling program managed by Recycle BC. Although this material is not accepted in most curbside recycling programs, it is accepted free of charge at a number of recycling depots in communities across the province.

Statistics show that the average North American family of four uses 40 egg cartons per year... that's less than 1kg of polystyrene foam per family per year! Of course, you don't have to store them all year... visit your local Recycle BC Depot anytime and they will see to it that the box and the cartons are recycled.

In addition to foam egg cartons, recycled polystyrene is used in the production of produce packaging, other foodservice products and industrial trays. Other examples of products made from recycled polystyrene include office accessories, the black portion of CD jewel boxes, plastic keyboards, picture frames and more.


The Facts About Polystyrene

  1. Polystyrene plastics is made from a styrene monomer, a molecule made of carbon and hydrogen. These elements also form other hydrocarbons such as petroleum and natural gas. It takes only 0.17% of Canada's oil and natural gas to make all polystyrene products, including food packaging consumed in Canada.
  2. Polystyrene is referred to as a thermoplastic, because it can be repeatedly heated and moulded at temperatures of 180 to 230 degrees Celsius (350 degrees to 450 degrees) into a wide variety of products.
  3. It is durable, lightweight, colourless plastic resin that is moulded into disposable products that restaurants and supermarkets use, such as foam coffee cups, meat trays and egg cartons, cold drink cups, deli and baked goods containers and packaging materials. Durable (non-disposable) goods such as office supplies and building insulation materials are also made from polystyrene.
  4. Recycled polystyrene can be used to manufacture building insulation materials, office desktop products, compact disc holders, horticultural trays and construction supplies.
  5. Polystyrene is manufactured in both general purpose and impact grades. General purpose grades are used to make disposable clear items (ie. Baked goods containers, compact disc cases) and foam products. Impact grades are used to make products such as coffee creamers, beer cups and video cassettes, where flexibility is required.
  6. No polystyrene foam is made in Canada using CFC's. Subsequent to the Montreal Protocol, signed in 1987, Canadian polystyrene foam producers have discontinued the use of CFC's.
  7. Products made of polystyrene plastics are:
    1. lightweight
    2. hygienic
    3. excellent insulators for food and medical supplies
    4. stable in a landfill site so they will not release toxic substances into the air, ground water or soil
  8. Although it is generally believed that polystyrene takes up a lot of space in landfill sites, it actually takes up less than 1% by volume and 0.3% by weight.
  9. In Canada, 150,000 metric tonnes of polystyrene are used to manufacture goods each year.
  10. Of the total polystyrene in Canada, 45% is made into durable goods such as office accessories, and 33% is used for food service items, about one fifth of which is foam. 22% is used for protective packaging for electronics, household appliances, cosmetics, toiletries and fragile items.
  11. Polystyrene can be and is being recycled easily and safely at the Canadian Polystyrene Recycling Association plant in Mississauga, Ontario. All food service materials from offices, institutions, and consumers are welcome, as are all packaging materials