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Revolutionary green technology will bring significant benefits to southern Ontario’s economy and environment

Article Date:  February 24, 2012

For immediate release

Kingston, Ontario — GreenCentre Canada will bring to market a revolutionary green technology to recycle materials such as polystyrene and contaminated plastic, thanks to a federal investment announced today by Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward – Hastings, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

"The unique technology being developed by GreenCentre in partnership with Switchable Solutions Inc. will increase competitiveness for the plastic and recycling industries in southern Ontario, diversify the economy, and create jobs," said MP Kramp. "Our government is proud to support such an innovative project that will transform waste into products that can be re-used."

GreenCentre Canada will receive up to $5,480,000 to bring to market a new green technology to find new commercial uses for plastic and polystyrene products, such as take-out containers, coffee cups, and meat trays, which are piling up in landfills. Currently, there is no energy efficient, environmentally-friendly and commercially viable method to recycle these types of materials. This new technology will also allow the contaminants found in used plastic containers, such as residual oil found in discarded engine oil containers at gas stations, to be recovered and re-used. This project presents an opportunity to create a new market for recycling materials economically in southern Ontario and beyond, and establish the region as a leader in this field.

"This funding is timely, given increasing industry and consumer demand for smarter, more effective green processes," said Dr. Rui Resendes, Executive Director of GreenCentre Canada. "The really exciting thing about this technology is its potential to enhance the sustainability of a myriad of manufacturing industries across Canada and around the world that provide us with the products and services that underpin our daily lives. It is the essence of what Green Chemistry represents."

The contribution is being provided through FedDev Ontario's Technology Development Program, designed to encourage the public and private sectors to collaborate on the development of large-scale, advanced technologies that will result in new market opportunities for southern Ontario.