Styrofoam Recycling Events Hosted During Holidays in Kirkland
Styrofoam, also known as EPS (Expanded Polystyrene), is often used as packaging material. In particular, during holidays people give each other gifts and this may bring the problem of Styrofoam recycling. Kirkland decided to host Styrofoam recycling events named “StyoFest” to help solve this problem. During the specific weekends from Nov. 22 this year to Feb. 28, 2014 residents can take their Styrofoam waste to the city Public Works Maintenance Center at 915 Eighth Street. They will accept clean white dry plastic foam (including clean cups and containers) from Friday 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday. However, packaging peanuts will not be accepted during the recycling events. The scheduled dates are as follows:
• Friday, Nov. 22 to Monday, Nov. 25
• Thursday, Dec. 26 to Monday, Dec. 30
• Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 to Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
• Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 to Monday, March 3, 2014
• An extended recycling event will be held after the Christmas holiday.
The recycled Styrofoam waste will be sent to a foam recycling company. The company has a thermal compactor which reduces the size of Styrofoam by crushing, heating process. What’s more, the Styrofoam recycling events are free.
Styrofoam can be recycled in Montreal
from CBC News
Recently, citizens in Montreal get access to Styrofoam recycling including fruit, vegetable and meat trays. According to the pilot project started by the City of Montreal and the plastic industry, citizens can take their Styrofoam or other plastic wastes to the Écocentre in Lasalle where different kinds of plastics are classified and finally transported to a recycling plant.Before this, another pilot project for Styrofoam recycling has been started and based on the success the city decided to start this new project.The Styrofoam was not accepted for recycling before partially because the high transportation cost. However, a new technology which compact Styrofoam can help reduce its volume greatly and thus keeps a lower expense on transport. The Styrofoam recycling company hopes the Styrofoam recycling project can be continued and expanded.
Will Fungi Mushrooms Replace EPS?
Fungi mushrooms are well known as a kind of ingredient which are used to cook various kinds of tasty foods. But nowadays people can make mushrooms into materials for packaging, insulation and fiberboard etc. It is reported that this new kind of fungi-based material is of the similar costs and performance as EPS. However, EPS is not biodegradable and not easy for recycling. Besides the fact that it is made of petrol which is non-renewable and very limited. Compared to EPS, fungi mushrooms are grown instead of manufactured, natural, renewable, and biodegradable and so it is more welcome. The company which develop this technology has bigger ambition. They are expanding this technology into applications like packaging, insulation, and fiberboard etc.
Post-consumer EPS recycling sluggish
By Bobby Elliott
Plastics Recycling Update Nov. 1, 2013
Recycling of rigid foam products, known as expanded polystyrene (EPS), gained ground in 2012, with strong post-industrial figures outweighing a slight decline in post-consumer recycling output. Read more
In June, the ban was formally submitted to New York’s city council where it stands a chance of being passed, some reports suggest. According to Restaurant Action Alliance NYC, however, a growing number of foodservice operators have pressed leaders to shoot down the regulatory action and instead focus on ways to improve EPS recycling.
Restaurant owners are opposing the ban mainly on financial grounds. The restaurant group points to a recent study finding that for every dollar spent on EPS products, restaurants will have to spend at least US$ 1.94 on replacements. In addition, restaurant owners say replacement materials may fail to insulate as well as EPS containers.
Restaurant Action Alliance reckons more than 1000 local business owners have contacted the city council to voice their opposition to the ban. The EPS action is one of a handful of waste-related efforts made by the Bloomberg administration in recent months. The mayor has also expanded compost collections and launched a ‘Recycle Everything’ campaign to help the city continue to boost recycling rates.
By Gayle S. Putrich
WASHINGTON — New York City’s proposed ban on polystyrene foam packaging could cost nearly $100 million annually and hurt businesses across the state, according to a new study.
The study, conducted by research firm MB Public Affairs on behalf of the American Chemistry Council, shows that such a ban could nearly double food service packaging costs — while doing little to actually reduce waste.
“Total costs to replace plastic foam foodservice and drink containers and trays with the lowest-cost alternative are estimated at $91.3 million [per year.] This level translates into an effective minimum average cost increase of 94 percent,” the study says.
“In other words, for every $1.00 now spent on plastic foam foodservice and drink containers, NYC consumers and businesses will have to spend at least $1.94 on the alternative replacements, effectively doubling the cost to businesses.” Read more