Pointe Claire installs first permanent drop-off point for polystyrene

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Pointe Claire residents can dispose of their Styrofoam at public works. A first on the West Island.

Located in the public works lot at 50 Terra-Cotta Avenue in Pointe Claire is the first permanent drop-off point for polystyrene items on the West Island.

“This is an exciting initiative that will reduce the amount of materials we send to the landfill,” says Mayor Trudeau. “With this new system, we’re improving our environmentally responsible practices by adding polystyrene to the materials we recover.”

A three-compartment container, specially designed for polystyrene, has been installed in the Public Works parking lot to recover expanded polystyrene (packaging for electronic and household appliances, coffee cups, coolers), extruded polystyrene (disposable plates, bowls and utensils and trays for meat, fish and poultry), and non-expanded polystyrene (single-serving and take-out packaging).

To ensure polystyrene can be recycled, containers must be cleaned and all labels, tapes and absorbent pads used in packaging meat and fish must be removed. Containers that are not cleaned will automatically be sent to the landfill.

“We’re offering this new service in order to reduce our environmental footprint,” says the mayor. “The efforts we’re all making together help reduce the residual materials we send to the landfill. We’re doing this to protect our environment, and everyone benefits.”

A detailed list of accepted items is available on the City of Pointe-Claire website.’

Dorval is studying the possibility of a drop off site.  Beaconsfield hopes to have a spot  set up in the spring at their city dump after including  polystyrene as part of its household hazardous-waste collection in 2015.

Dollard Des Ormeaux, Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Île-Bizard-Ste-Geneviève and Lachine  use the LaSalle EcoCentre located 7272 St-Patrick Street to dispose of the white foam.

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