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First Commercial Polystyrene Recycling Plant

Montreal, June 14, 2023 – Polystyvert is proud to announce the construction of its first full-scale commercial plant to produce recycled polystyrene in Greater Montreal.

Representing an investment of $40 million, this plant will recycle 9,000 tons of post-consumer and post-industrial polystyrene waste annually, with a high degree of contamination. This amount is equivalent to 15% of the polystyrene buried in Quebec each year.

Among the partners, it is important to note the participation of two blue-chip partners in the polystyrene industry who will contribute to the financing of the plant. The supply of raw materials is ensured, as well as the sale of recycled polystyrene.

First Polystyvert’s full-scale commercial plant to recycle polystyrene, Greater Montreal Area

Polystyvert’s patented technology addresses an essential need in waste management, namely the ability to recycle a material that was once considered difficult to recycle. Thanks to advanced purification, it is now possible to remove contaminants and produce high-quality plastic. This recycled plastic exhibits identical physical and chemical characteristics to virgin resin, while also allowing a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of up to 90%.

The recycled resin can be used to manufacture products intended for the same applications as virgin resin. In line with Quebec’s and Canada’s economic and environmental objectives, this transformative project benefits from the support of both levels of government.

We are extremely proud to reach this crucial moment in Polystyvert’s history. After several successful development phases, our technology has reached maturity. We can now recycle contaminated waste with no other outlet than landfill sites. This plant is the first of many that can be built worldwide by replicating what will be done in Greater Montreal, thereby multiplying the economic and environmental benefits of the project.

Nathalie Morin, President of Polystyvert
Nathalie Morin, President of Polystyvert

This plant will accelerate the growth of the company, whose business model revolves around selling licenses for Polystyvert’s proprietary technology. As a result, the economic and environmental impacts of this first plant will be significant and far exceed the initial investment. This project will showcase Quebec and Canada on a global scale, demonstrating their leadership in the adoption and implementation of clean technologies. 

The full-scale plant we are announcing today marks the initiation of our technology’s global commercialization through licensing, a strategic move that will exponentially multiply the economic benefits of our project. We are already witnessing significant interest from key industry players eager to acquire licenses, paving the way for rapid company growth through the cloning of our first full-scale plant.

Nathalie Morin, President of Polystyvert

Diversification Into Other Plastics: ABS Pilot Plant 

In addition to its full-scale polystyrene recycling plant, Polystyvert is proud to announce the establishment of a new pilot plant at its research and development center located in the east of Montreal. The company has expanded its process and intellectual property to another styrenic plastic, ABS. This thermoplastic polymer is widely used in the automotive, electronics, and toy industries.

With the financial support of a renowned global partner, Polystyvert has completed the initial stages of adapting its technology. The company is commencing the construction of a $3 million pilot plant, which will be a significant step toward large-scale recycling of this plastic.

Our research and development team has made considerable progress in adapting the technology to a type of plastic that is widely used in numerous applications in our daily lives. The installation of the ABS pilot plant in the east of Montreal marks a pivotal development stage in a new era of recycling for this plastic, which is currently poorly recycled but indispensable in its use. We are pleased to continue our growth in the east of Montreal.

Nathalie Morin, President of Polystyvert

About Polystyvert

Polystyvert is a Montreal-based company in the clean technology sector that is revolutionizing the world of plastic recycling by implementing a circular economy. 

Thanks to its unique dissolution recycling process, Polystyvert can recycle plastic waste that is typically considered non-recyclable due to high contamination. The result is a recycled raw material of unmatched purity that can replace virgin plastics while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%. 

This Canadian innovation has been patented in over twenty countries and now provides a sustainable alternative to virgin plastics for industries such as electronics, toys, packaging, and automotive. 


Aurélie Bergeret
Director Communications, Marketing and Government Relations
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