Ministry investigating spill of plastic pellets from Sarnia recycler

A boom is placed on a drainage ditch of Wellington Street between Finch Drive and Murphy Road to stop the migration of plastic pellets released from Sarnia recycler Entropex during Wednesday's storm.

A boom is placed on a drainage ditch of Wellington Street between Finch Drive and Murphy Road to stop the migration of plastic pellets released from Sarnia recycler Entropex during Wednesday’s storm.

The Ministry of the Environment is investigating after a spill of plastic pellets by the Sarnia recycling company Entropex.

Ministry spokesperson Kate Jordan says on Wednesday the company told the MOE flooding had carried plastic pellets which are made from household recycling to a municipal drain. “The discharge stopped by 11 a.m,” says Jordan in an email.

Pollutech crews could still be seen this (Friday) morning at a drain on Wellington Street between Finch and Murphy Road working to remove the tiny pellets used to create everything from auto parts to drainage tiles.

Entropex officials did not return The Sarnia-Lambton Independent’s call on the spill. It is not clear how much of the material was spilled or how far the pellets traveled. At the time of the release there was an extremely heavy downpour.

“The ministry attended the site to confirm the pellets did not reach Lake Huron. We have taken samples of the pellets,” says Jordan adding “A clean up plan is due to  us today and we will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the clean up is completed effectively and properly.”

Pellets from the release can still be seen three days later.

Pellets from the release can still be seen three days later.

Local environmentalist Zak Nichols noticed the Pollutech workers on site while heading to a protest. He was told by the ministry that “Entropex spilled what must equal many millions of plastic pellets.”

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