Yes, election signs can be recycled!

A second life for election signs

Did you know that the signs that have been adorning our posts since the beginning of the electoral campaign are not destined to end up at the dump? Cascades wants nothing more than to receive these signs to recycle them and integrate them into the manufacturing process of new products at its Cascades–Re-Plast plant in Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil, a few minutes from Drummondville.

Candidates’ signs are printed on corrugated plastic, which is better known by its trademark: Coroplast®. It’s a highly recyclable plastic from the polypropylene (PP) category (code #5). Cascades recovers this “white plastic” to turn it into park benches, picnic tables, garbage cans, patio boards and more—all of which are manufactured in Quebec from 100% recycled plastic. They contain no chemical dyes, are tough enough to remain outside in both summer and winter and require no maintenance.

How is this transformation performed? First, we receive and stack the signs that are sent to our plant. The Coroplast® sheets are then granulated, which means they are ground into pieces by our machines. The resulting pellets are then incorporated into an extrusion process that moulds the plastic into profiles. We use these different-sized “planks” of rigid plastic to create various kinds of garden furniture and building materials.

RECYC-QUÉBEC suggests that political parties dispose of their election signs in an environmentally responsible way. Its website even features a list of collectors and recyclers that accept these signs.

Cascades invites all users of election signs to send their signs to this address:

Plastiques Cascades – Re-Plast, a division of Cascades Canada ULC
1350 chemin Quatre-Saisons
Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil, Quebec  J0C 1A0

Learn about our products made of 100% recycled plastic:

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About the Author
Isabelle Plouffe

As a communications advisor, Isabelle is involved in a variety of projects at Cascades. Her past projects include managing the launch of Cascades’ social media presence and the development of a strategy to attract our next generation of employees. She recently joined the Sustainable Development Department, and she is currently focusing on the Company’s internal communications. “I have the opportunity to work on innovative projects where the human dimension is in the foreground.” Isabelle has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a certificate in organizational communication. She began her adventure at Cascades in 2006.

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  1. Adam Molino at 5:45 pm

    We have baled loads of Coroplast, We are curious to know if you have any interest.

    Please feel free to call me 514-966-9870.

    Thank you.

    • Isabelle Plouffe
      Isabelle Plouffe Author at 1:35 pm

      Thanks for the info! The Re-Plast team will contact you!