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Industry Honours Queensland?s Polystyrene Recycling Visionary

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Polystyrene Recycling Queensland Managing Director Leo Sines

Recycling pioneers Polystyrene Recycling Queensland (PRQ) drew one of industry’s greatest honours at Thursday night’s Queensland Supply Chain and Logistics Awards for campaigning to recycle a notorious supply chain waste problem.

 

PRQ’s Managing Director Leo Sines accepted the Queensland Environmental Excellence Award—Queensland’s longest standing industry award, recognising corporate leadership of environmentally sustainable solutions for the supply chain and logistics sector since 1965.

 

After 12 years of perfecting his polystyrene recycling operations, Mr Sines’ PRQ plant shrinks expanded polystyrene (EPS) waste by a ratio of 40:1—so far allowing 350 tonnes of EPS to be transformed into products such as picture frames, coat hangers and synthetic timbers.

 

Mr Sines said he was delighted to be recognized by industry for providing a solution that he says stands to remove polystyrene waste from Queensland’s landfills.

 

“We have so far diverted more than 300,000 cubic metres of EPS from landfill—but we can take it all,” said Mr Sines.

 

“Queensland is Australia’s largest EPS producer, generating more than 11,000 tonnes of this virtually weightless material each year.

 

“While a little more than half of this material is used for long-term building and construction, the remaining mass will ultimately go to landfill if it does not reach our chippers first.”

 

PRQ’s chippers shrink EPS volume by 66 per cent, allowing the waste to be compacted into recyclable bricks and creating a versatile, sturdy material ready for new uses.

 

Mr Sines invited businesses to participate in a free trial offer—allowing them to audit their EPS waste volume and discover just how easy it is to recycle it at no extra cost to the business.

 

“My ultimate plan,” added Mr Sines, “is to divert all the state’s EPS waste from our landfills—starting with trials that would place our chippers in each of the state’s regional centres.”

 

“Our plan is simple and achievable and, indeed, Redland City Council and other key supporters have already proven its success.”

 

“We have, furthermore, forged a strong secondary re-use export market in China; right now Asia will buy every kilo I’ve got.

 

“Ultimately, however, I want the fruits of our Australian-first, Queensland-based recycling innovations to remain here,” added Mr Sines, "and, with support, I fully intend to realise my vision to create local manufacturing opportunities for recycled EPS product.”

 

“At present,” said Mr Sines, “each year more than 460 mammoth trucks are dumping a lucrative market opportunity within easy reach of Queensland business. I’m so thankful to the Supply Chain and Logistics Association Australia and award sponsors Transpacific Industries Group for raising awareness of this important work.”

 

For awards images, contact 1300 441 185.

 

For more information visit http://www.polyrecycleqld.com.au/polystyrene-recycling/

 

For information on the Queensland Supply Chain and Logistics Awards visit

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Environment Minister Awards Polystyrene Recycling Champion

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Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell and Stephen Leeds, Network 10 General Manager, congratulate polystyrene recycling champion Leo Sines on his Minister’s Award for Leadership win at Friday’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Courtesy of Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

 

 

 

Polystyrene recycling champion Leo Sines was honoured with the Minister’s Award for Leadership at Friday night’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards for 12 years of campaigning to turn Queensland’s polystyrene waste into wealth.

 

Environment Minister Andrew Powell said Leo’s prototype polystyrene chipper and Polystyrene Recycling Queensland (PRQ) operations have to date recycled more than 350 tonnes of expanded polystyrene and diverted 30,000 cubic metres from landfill.

 

“Thanks to Leo’s vision and tenacity, hundreds of tonnes of expanded polystyrene are transformed each year into a range of new and useful products,” Mr Powell said.

 

“These include items as diverse as photo frames, coat hangers and synthetic timbers which are sold both locally and overseas.

 

“There are now five chippers in operation across Queensland

 

“The chipped polystyene is compacted into recyclable bricks, shrinking its volume by an incredible 66 per cent and creating a sturdy material with many possible uses.

 

“Leo’s innovative idea is a good example of an industry helping us all to balance economic development while protecting our environment.”

 

Accepting the award, Mr Sines said he had a plan that, starting by placing his chippers in each of the state’s regional centres, would allow Queensland to entirely remove EPS waste from landfill.

 

“Our plan is simple and achievable and, indeed, Redland City Council and other key supporters have already proven its success,” said Mr Sines.

 

“We have, furthermore, forged a strong secondary re-use export market in China; right now Asia will buy every kilo I’ve got.

 

“Ultimately, however, I want the fruits of our Australian-first, Queensland-based recycling innovations to remain here,” added Mr Sines, "and, with support, I fully intend to realise my vision to create local manufacturing opportunities for recycled EPS product.”

 

Expanded to 98 per cent air to protect goods, EPS is problematic to manage and demanding on landfill.

 

Australia’s largest EPS manufacturer, Queensland produces more than 11,000 tonnes of virtually weightless EPS each year.

 

While a little more than half of this material is used for long-term building and construction, the remaining mass will ultimately go to landfill if it does not reach PRQ’s chippers first.

 

“At present,” said Mr Sines, “each year more than 460 mammoth trucks are dumping a lucrative market opportunity within easy reach of Queensland business.”

 

For more information visit http://www.polyrecycleqld.com.au/

 

The winners announcement can be found at: http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/premiersawards/2012finalists_winners.html

#ministers_award_for_leadership

 

12 June 2012

 

Media enquiries to:

 

Leanne Drew-McKain
Coach Pty Ltd
Phone: 1300 441 185
Email: leanne@ownthegame.com.au


Business enquiries to:

 

Leo Sines
Polystyrene Recycling Queensland
Phone: 07 3277 9999
Email: ejsines@cartonwarehouse.com.au

EPS Lifecycle

Posted by rebeccagrugan on December 12, 2011 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

NEW The Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Lifecycle, Recycling and Resource Recovery

 

Please see the pdf attached below:

http://www.polyrecycleqld.com.au/sites/default/files/EPS%20lifecycle%20flyer%20(QLD)%20(1)_0.pdf

PRQ On Ten News 11th October 2011

Posted by rebeccagrugan on October 12, 2011 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Ten News reports on the Good Guys' Zero Waste Initiative.

 

Polystyrene Recycling Queensland Managing Director Leo Sines joins James Brochurst of The Good Guys, Capalaba, to explain how almost everything can be recycled including polystyrene.




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