Monday, August 13, 2007

recycling evil styrofoam: it can be done

EPS (expanded polystyrene) or Styrofoam is the trademark name for Dow Chemicals product. Styrofoam contains chemicals known to cause central nervous system damage and other health problems. It is still widely used because of its lightweight property as a packing filler for shipping. It clogs landfills leaching its chemicals (namely benzene) into the ground-- but in 1991, 80 packaging manufacturers and suppliers formed the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers (AFPR) in Maryland. The alliance recycles 10 percent of the post consumer EPS. There are drop off facilities that reprocess the material, if you are throwing away this material--STOP! Look at AFPR's site and find a drop-off location near you. If your company does use alot of styrofoam, another option is to purchase a Styromelt machine--that uses thermal compaction to reduce the volume of EPS by 95 percent, taking up less space and easier to recycle. If packing peanuts are your problem, check out the peanut recycling website or switch altogether by using biodegradable peanuts found at Uline, Starchtech, Rand MH, or Eco Products



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1:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have links for the below "Styrofoam contains chemicals known to cause central nervous system damage and other health problems" and "and sends its chemicals into the ground" thank you.

1:37 AM  
Anonymous john gogol said...


just wanted to let your readers know about my company PC Plastics in Portland, Oregon. We specialize in recycling all three packaging foams, #6PS, #5PP and #4PE. 12 employees working 24/7 carefully grind them down independently (that's why mixed peanuts can't be recycled) put additives in them according to customer needs, melt them and create grains of plastic sold in 1000 pound bags and boxes to local injection molding shops. Parts have been made from our material for everything from your television and printer to parts in your house. We recycled One Million pounds last year and are projecting to grow to four million pounds in the next two years.

As we are an engineering company first, and we have found a viable/sustainable solution to all of the packing foams coming from factories overseas, it's not going to go away any time soon, we can make a few suggestions.

One, please consider the chemicals involved in recycling paper, you may be surprised. Consider the total footprint of both materials, Energy Usage and Carbon Output, you would be surprised.

Two, although you didn't know, yes the Styromelt machine compacts PS foam, it unfortunately damages the chains of the material so that it can no longer be used. It was developed to reduce the volume and cost to send it to an incinerator. We can highly recommend the machine. The company that produces it has lots of experience in making material from the machine and successfully processes TEN MILLION pounds of Styrofoam a year in them.

There was a time when we carefully sorted our plastics, today they are being commingled, we will look back at this growing movement as a mistake. At PC Plastics we choose to do recycling the way we used to, to carefully separate and process it carefully, we help the local community and many name brand corporations from Panasonic to Nautilus solve their packaging waste problems, Panasonic even bought 50 truckloads back to use in their newest TV, pretty neat.

Anyway, keep checking our website,, we are struggling from too much demand from both recyclers and customers, so look for changes.


John Gogol

8:27 PM  

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