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Starting Saturday October 9, 2021, there will be a new way to recycle expanded polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam.

The Municipality has partnered with Transition Meaford to offer this one year pilot program.  

Location:  87 Stewart Street (beside the Meaford Firehall)

Dates: Every 2nd Saturday of the Month starting October 9, 2021

Hours of Operation: 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.

Currently, residents have been able to place their expanded polystyrene in clear plastic bags for pick up as part of the waste management garbage stream. To help reduce Meaford’s impact on landfills, in partnership with Transition Meaford a Residential Expanded Polystyrene Recycling Pilot Program has been established.  Residents will now be able to drop-off certain types of expanded polystyrene for free. All collected material will be repurposed into a new product such as a picture frame. This is a one year pilot project.

Starting November 1, 2021 any expanded polystyrene placed at the curb for Miller Waste pick up will be required to have a bag tag and included as part of the 3 bag limit for disposal.  

Expanded polystyrene recycling will not be available for institutional, commercial or industrial customers at this time.

Any changes to the expanded polystyrene drop-off schedule or program will be communicated by a Municipality of Meaford media release and on the Meaford Waste App. The app can be installed through the app store on Apple and Android devices, or you can sign up for notifications by email, text message, or phone call by visiting www.meaford.ca/waste.

Questions and Answers

Can I still dispose of my Styrofoam as part of my regular garbage pick up?

Residents can still dispose of expanded polystyrene products in a clear plastic bag at the curb until the end of October for free.

The benefit of the new recycling program is that the collected material will go to an end user that will repurpose the material into a new product. Although expanded polystyrene is picked up for free through the current waste management stream, there is no assurance that the collected material is diverted from landfills.

Starting November 1, 2021 any expanded polystyrene placed at the curb for Miller Waste pick up will be required to have a bag tag and included as part of the 3 bag limit for disposal. 

Expanded polystyrene can be dropped off for free at 87 Stewart Street on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.

 

Can all types of Styrofoam be Recycled?

The only expanded polystyrene that is able to be recycled through this program is packaging that is clean and dry. All other expanded polystyrene products such as packaging peanuts, cups, and food containers, will still need to be disposed of through curbside garbage collection. Please see the lists below on what is accepted and what is not accepted. 

 

Who is Transition Meaford?

Transition Meaford is a local community action oriented group consisting of local residents and your neighbours who have a passion for building community sustainability. Volunteers from Transition Meaford will be overseeing the Saturday Styrofoam drop-off dates. When attending the drop-off dates, please be kind to all those who are volunteering their time to support this program. 

What will happen at the end of the one year pilot program?

Throughout the pilot project Transition Meaford and the Municipality will work together to determine if there are opportunities to further develop the program. Municipal staff will bring an update report to Council with proposed next steps for the program. 

 

How will the material collected through the recycling program be reused?

Second Wind Recycling Service is polystyrene recycling service based out of St. Thomas, Ontario. They will collect the recycled material monthly (dependent on amount collected) and densify ( is a process that reduces the volume by up to a 1:50 ratio to allow for most cost effective transport prior to reuse) the material on site. Second Wind provides provides densified material to a variety of different end uses to become products.  Currently, the main receiver of the densified expanded polystyrene,  repurposes the material into picture frames however the product can also be used for items such as coat hangers, synthetic lumber, park benches, insulation and surfboards.

 What is Accepted
 poster of accepted recycling and includes a list of the following: packaging for computers, electronics, appliances, toys, packaging that is rigid, white in colour, clean and dry.
 What is Not Accepted
 poster of items that are not accepted and includes a list of the following: polyethylene foam that is flexible, foam wrap, meat trays, take-out containers, insulation panels, pool noodles, packaging peanuts and cups and bowls

Resources

 July 12, 2021 Council Report

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