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Brantford company get $1M from feds to turn polystyrene waste into insulation

GreenMantra Technologies in Brantford is one of three companies that will get $1 million from the federal government to help reduce plastic waste from food packaging and construction.
In this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo, polystyrene foam soup containers are stacked in a New York restaurant. Maine is banning single-use food and drink containers made from polystyrene foam. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill into law Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (Mark Lennihan/Associated Press)

GreenMantra Technologies in Brantford is one of three companies that will get $1 million from the federal government to help reduce plastic waste from food packaging and construction.

Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced the winners of his government's plastics innovation challenge, which is part of its plan to ban many single-use plastics by 2021.

Greenmantra will transform polystyrene insulation waste into new insulation. Montreal-based Axipolymer Inc. will create a recyclable food packaging film and MgO Systems from Calgary will use PVC construction waste to make new insulating materials.

On its website Greenmantra says it is "the first company in the world to upcycle post-consumer and post-industrial recycled plastics into synthetic polymers and additives that meet specific performance requirements for industrial application."

Wilkinson told the Globe 2020 business summit in Vancouver that the government is launching six new plastics challenges and three clean technology challenges. 

Those challenges call on innovators to develop solutions to a number of problems related to plastic pollution including finding alternatives to packaging, diverting vehicle plastic from landfills, reducing e-waste and monitoring microplastics in marine environments.

The minister says boosting clean technology development is part of his government's approach to achieve a future with zero plastic waste. "Plastic is a growing threat to Canada's environment and we need to act to reduce plastic pollution," he says. "Today's announcements are about tapping into Canada's incredible potential to change how we produce, how we use and how we recover plastic waste." 
Brantford's Greenmantra is one of three recipients across Canada of a $1 million grant from the Canadian government to help with its work aimed at reducing plastic waste from food packaging and construction. (Google)