Tuesday, September 29, 2009

polystyrene recycling & solar technology

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-- Polystyrene Recycling --

Of course the best way to reduce or consumption of polystyrene (commonly referred to as "styrofoam" and "packaging peanuts") is to avoid the use of it all together. There are many packaging alternatives that are light and affordable for shipping needs, we can choose to use reusable or compostable disposable cutlery, plates and drink cups, we can bring our own container from home when visiting restaurants - rather than asking for their "to-go" container you can use your own... Yet there are times when we still come across this product and while the recycling of this material is not yet mainstream there are some options available to consumers.

A good resource to check out is - Earth 911 (www.earth911.com). They have a special report on their website, “360: Recycling #6 Polystyrene” that has good references about polystyrene recycling, and where to get more information on specific recyclers and programs.

Alternatively, do a simple Internet search from your office by using the keywords: “polystyrene foam” or “Styrofoam” and your location, it will connect you to the nearest recycling facility.

Dart Container Corporation (www.dart.biz) operates polystyrene foam drop-off locations for recycling at two locations in California (USA):

- 150 South Maple Street, Corona, CA 92880, tel: 951-735-8115; and

- 1400 Victor Road, Lodi, CA 95240; tel: 209-333-8088

There is also quite a bit of information available for anyone interested in plastics and polystyrene food service products at: www.americanchemistry.com/pfpg

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  1. Good article!!Except that, waste polystyrene can also be recycled through some kind of machines. Our company INTCO has these kinds of machines, such as compactors, melters, dewatering machines. Here is our website about these different kinds of machines.

    1. thank you for your comment! You are right - it can be recycled... but not in most areas... only a few lucky areas have this kind of recycling available to them. I have known of one place people can mail it to, but that doesn't seem like a great option. Thanks for the link there - I'll be sure to check it out and if you don't mind, I might place it in a Recommended Resource post in Feb, 2018


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