Collection and Recycling of Residual Materials

Discover Our SOPRALOOP Process

Our Approach

As a major player in its industry, the SOPREMA group has been committed for over 30 years to a voluntary process to develop solutions and products from a more responsible construction perspective.

Today, SOPREMA is proud to offer SOPRALOOP collection and recycling services. In Canada, these services give a new life to many residual materials, including:

Our Products with Recycled Content

Once collected, these residual materials are integrated into our manufacturing processes to give them a new life, including as insulation products. Substituting virgin compounds or fossil materials with recycled materials helps to reduce the consumption of natural resources at source, and to mitigate environmental impacts throughout the product lifecycle. Several of the following products are known for their high recycled content.

The recycled content in these products has been verified by an independent third party in accordance with the requirements of ISO 14020/21 standards. Suppliers must confirm volumes of pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled content on an annual basis.

SOPRA-XPS ProductSOPRA-XPS Product

SOPRA-XPS

Made of cellular foam, SOPRA-XPS extruded polystyrene thermal insulation panels are primarily used as thermal insulation for foundations, walls, parking decks, and inverted roof systems, including plaza decks and green roofs. The entire line consists of up to 70% recycled and recovered content.

SOPRA-CELLULOSE ProductSOPRA-CELLULOSE Product

SOPRA-CELLULOSE

SOPRA-CELLULOSE is a thermal and acoustic insulation made from more than 80% recycled paper and cardboard and 15% flame-retardant minerals. It is used to insulate interior and exterior walls, attics, floors, and ceilings.

Our Process

Helping institutional, commercial and industrial organizations

by offering simple, customized waste collection solutions.

Recovering and integrating residual materials

into our manufacturing processes in Canada.

Producing high-performance insulation solutions

from recycled materials.

Produire des solutions d’isolation performantes et issues de matières recyclées.

This collection and recycling process is part of the procurement portion of our Sustainable Development Policy. Our Purchasing teams are directed to favour responsible procurement. To achieve this, they must manage the inventories needed for production judiciously, and integrate environmental, social, economic and ethical requirements in the selection of suppliers of goods, products, and services.

A Value-Generating Partnership

Meeting government requirements

Building a responsible brand image

Reducing pressure on resources by recovering residual materials

Ensuring traceability of various residual materials

Reducing environmental impact

Recycling Paper, Cardboard and Glassine

Paper, cardboard and glassine are shipped to our Sainte-Julie plant in Québec for the manufacture of our SOPRA-CELLULOSE insulation material. These are valorized in this line of products, which are made up of 80% post-consumer recycled paper and cardboard.

What Is Glassine?

Glassine, or wax paper, is commonly used in various sectors such as food processing, crafts, hygiene, cosmetics and logistics. Its versatile properties make it the material of choice for packaging and preservation; labels can easily be applied on it. 

As a recyclable material, glassine has great potential for other applications. In Canada, it represents nearly 20,000 tons of residual materials, most of which would otherwise be landfilled or incinerated every year Calculation based on an estimated per capita ratio. .

Recycling Process of glassine, paper and cardboard

To facilitate the establishment of collection, and to best meet technical and logistical requirements, SOPREMA has developed the following logistics model:

Collection

SOPREMA will collect the boxes or bales free of charge.

Transformation

into cellulose insulation

Preparation of glassine, paper and cardboard residual materials by companies

All types: in sheets, in rolls or in bulk, in bales or in boxes supplied by SOPREMA

Transportation of glassine, paper and cardboard

to the Sainte-Julie (Québec) plant

Insulation

of walls, attics, and ceilings

Preparation of glassine, paper and cardboard residual materials by companies

All types: in sheets, in rolls or in bulk, in bales or in boxes supplied by SOPREMA

Collection

SOPREMA will collect the boxes or bales free of charge.

Transportation of glassine, paper and cardboard

to the Sainte-Julie (Québec) plant

Transformation

into cellulose insulation

Insulation

of walls, attics, and ceilings

Polystyrene Recycling

Polystyrene is shipped to our plant in Sherbrooke (Québec) to manufacture our SOPRA-XPS insulation products. This product line recovers and recycles up to 70% of this material.

SOPREMA recovers polystyrene from Écocentres of Sherbrooke, Granby, Val-Saint-François and Haut-Saint-François as well as numerous companies. This collection contributes to recovery by companies of around 10,000 tons of polystyrene each year in the form of insulation panels.

What Is Polystyrene?

Polystyrene is a synthetic polymer belonging to the plastic family. This versatile material is widely used in many applications due to its properties that include its light weight, thermal insulation, chemical resistance and ease of manufacture.

Polystyrene Recycling Process

To facilitate the establishment of collection, and to best meet technical and logistical requirements, SOPREMA has developed the following logistics model:

Collection

of polystyrene foam by SOPREMA

Transformation

of polystyrene into crystals

Citizen drop-off of polystyrene at the Écocentre,

or storage of polystyrene waste by companies

Transportation

of compacted material to the Sherbrooke plant

Creation of extruded polystyrene (XPS) panels,

with up to 70% recycled content, for insulating homes and buildings

Citizen drop-off of polystyrene at the Écocentre,

or storage of polystyrene waste by companies

Collection

of polystyrene foam by SOPREMA

Transportation

of compacted material to the Sherbrooke plant

Transformation

of polystyrene into crystals

Creation of extruded polystyrene (XPS) panels,

with up to 70% recycled content, for insulating homes and buildings

Learn More

Partnership with the City of Sherbrooke to Recover Polystyrene (article in French only)

A View on Thermal and Acoustic Insulation Manufactured With Recycled Paper

I Want to Recycle My Materials*

I work for an organization that produces glassine, paper, cardboard or polystyrene residual materials**, and I would like to become a supplier of recycled materials to SOPREMA so that it can be transformed into eco-friendly insulation.

*Some terms and conditions apply.  
**For polystyrene, the eligibility requirement is a minimum annual production of 20 tons. 

Je veux recycler ma matière

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