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Polystyvert recycling process

A process enabling a circular economy for plastic with virgin-like recycled resin using a dissolution technology

November 2023
Gallery Polystyvert recycling process 1
Gallery Polystyvert recycling process 1


Our approach involves harnessing plastic waste, especially the highly contaminated, to fabricate recycled plastic akin to virgin. Our technology employs a low-energy and water-free process using an essential oil, cymene, to dissolve plastics, followed by purification to remove impurities. The obtained recycled resin exhibits identical physical and chemical attributes as virgin plastics, enabling its application in the production of goods intended for the same purposes as those created from virgin resin. Not only do we use plastic wastes that have no other solution than landfills or burning, but our technology achieves a remarkable reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%. Unlike the conventional linear paradigm of making, using, and discarding plastic, our cutting-edge recycling engenders a circular economy for plastics. This transformative model establishes an unbroken cycle of plastic reuse, fostering sustainability and effectively addressing the plastic pollution challenge

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Label Date November 24, 2023
From Canada
Maturity stage Prototype testing in the real world
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Funding, Partners, Credibility

The environmental benefits

  • The dissolution technology was successfully carried out with a contamination level of up to 50%
  • The basic process removes at least 80% of any soluble contaminants such as flame retardants, lubricants and other oils
  • The recycled polystyrene achieved 99.8% purity
  • 90 % reduction of GHG emissions compared to incineration
  • Over 11-fold CO2 reduction when using recycled PS compared to employing virgin PS for the same application
  • 86% reduction of volume sent in the landfills

The Financial benefits

  • 5 years average pay back for a recycling plant
  • PS recycling production cost is cheaper than virgin resin

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Company Profile


Innovative technology for recycling styrenic plastics (polystyrene ABS) using a proprietary dissolution and purification

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Headquarters Anjou, QC H1J 2X9, Canada

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Cleantech Group

The Cleantech Group is a company that supports the development and marketability of clean technologies. The Cleantech Group provides members of its Cleantech network access to capital, investors, research and promotional opportunities. The group also provides advisory services for large corporations and governments. Founded in 2002, the Cleantech Group owns the term "cleantech" as a registered trademark.

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We leverage provincial and territorial strengths to support the scale-up of Canadian cleantech.

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