Approaches to Styrofoam Recycling

How to Recycle Styrofoam

Styrofoam, also known as EPS, is widely used as containers, packagings and thermal insulation material in buildings. It is hard to break down and takes up too much room in landfill plants, therefore, the recycling of styrofoam is recommended. The following pictures are the recycling steps.

1. Identify products made from Styrofoam by looking for the number 6 inside a recycling triangle
Identify EPS Products
2. Keep polystyrene products to reuse. Some of the most common uses for reusing Styrofoam are:

  • Craft projects.
  • Floaters for fishing.
  • Drainage in potted plants.
  • Creating sets for theatrical productions.
  • Model train communities.
  • Stuffing bean bags or bean bag chairs.
  • Packaging for shipping.
  • Reuse Styrofoam Products
    3. Check with local shipping businesses to see if they can reuse Styrofoam shipping materials such as peanuts in their shipping.
    Check Local Shipping Business
    4. Contact your local recycling program to see if anyone knows of Styrofoam recycling programs or drop off sites in your community.
    Contact Local Recycling Program
    5. Recycle polystyrene in many grocery stores
    Publix Grocery Stores
    6. Search for Styrofoam recycling programs
    Enter “polystyrene” and your zip code at www.Earth911.org for a list of companies that you can take it to.
    Blue Earth Solutions is one Styrofoam recycling business.
    Earth 911
    7. Mail polystyrene to the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers.
    Mail to AFPR
    8. Start a Styrofoam recycling program if your business deals with a large quantity of polystyrene. Walmart is one example of a company with an EPS recycling program, using polystyrene to make picture frames.
    Start a Recycling Program
    EPS recycling can be used to make new packaging materials.
    Find an EPS recycler through the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recycling
    If you locate a Styrofoam recycling program, but don’t process much, consider setting up bins to collect polystyrene.
    source:wikiHow

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