(CANADA)

Construction is due to get underway next year on a pioneering new facility in Ontario that will convert one of the “world’s least recycled plastics” into a valuable resource.

It was announced this week that GreenMantra Technologies will receive $2.2 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) – a government funded body that invests in clean tech projects – to build the demonstration plant Brantford, Ontario. It will tackle the problem of waste polystyrene, which usually ends up in landfill or is incinerated, by turning it into ‘modified styrenic polymers’ used in the production of a variety of items, including inks and foam insulation.

“This pilot plant will enable us to scale up our patent-pending process for sustainably reusing of one of the world’s least recycled plastics,” said Kousay Said, GreenMantra president and chief executive officer.

It is the latest example of technology redefining what is possible with recycling. Last month a new plant – Developed through a collaboration between P&G and PureCycle Technologies – that converts polypropylene (PP) plastic into reusable materials for a range of applications was opened in Ohio.