How to Recycle Styrofoam Packaging? yaluoke EPS Foam Cold Press Recycling Machine?
- John WLv 76 years agoFavorite Answer
Styrofoam is about 95% air so not only is it a plastic without a recycled product market but it just costs too much to collect it because of the bulk. About all you could do is dissolve it in acetone and see if you can sell the resulting liquid to a refinery, you probably won't get anything for it but they may toss it into the tanks to be reprocessed.
Alternatively, you could fireproof it with borax and spread it in your attic as insulation.
- 6 years ago
Polystyrene, or expanded polystyrene, is better known by its brand name, Styrofoam. Polystyrene, though marked with a triangular recycling symbol and the plastic code "6," can't be dumped in your curbside recycling bin, or in general, taken to your municipal drop-off center. With a little determination, you can give new life to Styrofoam packing peanuts, electronics packagings and even more challenging materials like egg cartons and food containers. Recycled polystyrene is used to make more of the packaging materials, as well as things like toys and office products, according to manufacturer and recycler Dart Container.
Reuse packing peanuts yourself or take them to local packing and shipping stores for reuse. The Plastic Loose Fill Council operates a 24-hour hotline to direct consumers nationwide to businesses that reuse polystyrene peanuts. The organization's website also offers a list of drop-off sites. The council's Peanut Hotline is 800-828-2214.
Recycle molded polystyrene packaging--the rigid blocky Styrofoam used to protect electronics and other delicate products--by sending it to the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers' Mail-Back Recycling Program. Check that the polystrene packaging is marked with a recycling symbol and the number six. Remove any paper labels, plastic film or glued-on cardboard from the polystyrene.
Break the polystyrene packaging into smaller pieces if desired. Pack the polystyrene into boxes or sturdy plastic sacks to mail to recyclers. The Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers' Mail-Back Recycling Program accepts clean expanded polystyrene at any of their 47 participating locations across the country, which are listed at epspackaging.org/images/stories/National_Mail_Back_Locations.pdf.
Recycle material such as Styrofoam cups and pressed polystyrene egg cartons, meat trays and other foam food containers at recycling centers operated by Dart Container in 15 states, Canada and Mexico.
Empty and rinse the Styrofoam cups, egg cartons, meat trays and other foam food containers. Make sure they are free of food remnants.
Pack the cups and containers into transparent plastic bags and write your name or organization and phone number on the front. Take it--or package and mail it--to one of the recycling centers found at dartcontainer.com/web/environ.nsf/pages/drop-off.html.