Posts Tagged ‘Recycling’

Public Urged To Recycle Styrofoam Packaging From Christmas Gifts

Posted 30 Dec 2013 — by sales
Category Application

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – From electronics to appliances, so many items nowadays are packaged in Styrofoam.

Its official name is expanded polystyrene foam.

 “It has a value downstream, I mean, I can be re-manufactured into something else that has value and so it is a resource,” said Justin Stockdale with the Pa. Resources Council. “It is not a waste product, it’s not garbage.”

That’s why the resource council is encouraging people to recycle the material, rather than just pitch it.

The council has partnered with appliance warehouse to make that happen.

People can bring the material right to the appliance warehouse, located on Bingham Street on the South Side.

“We run them though our machine that grind it up and them puts it out in a paste, which we turn into these bricks and we send them off to China,” said Yanky Davidson with Appliance Warehouse.

In China, the bricks are processed again and made into a number of items – things like picture frames, pens and that’s just the beginning.

“An architectural molding, a mill work piece to be used in households and commercial businesses,” Davidson said. “It’s a wood replacement, ultimately.”

If the foam is just thrown in, it will end up in a landfill for a long time. It’s not biodegradable.

The resource council recommends recycling at Appliance Warehouse or during one of the council’s “hard-to-recycle” collection events held throughout the year.

“We have to focus on, again, finding economical, convenient ways to manage those resources,” Stockdale said. “To give them a longer life, if you don’t have to throw something away, why throw it away?”

As far as the cardboard boxes from your holiday gifts, the council suggests checking with your city, borough or municipality to see if you can leave them right at the curb.


Styrofoam recycling event open to all

Posted 25 Dec 2013 — by sales
Category News
PROVINCETOWN —Styrofoam is rejected at most town recycling facilities on Cape Cod, but the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and the town of Barnstable have teamed up to host a one-day opportunity for the public to dispose of the material in an environmentally responsible way.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Barnstable Transfer Station, which is located at 45 Flint St., Marstons Mills. Representatives from ReFoamIt, the Leominster, Mass. business that will haul the Styrofoam away, will be on site to assist with the collection. Individuals and businesses are welcome, but businesses must register in advance by calling ReFoamIt at (508) 872-2323 or (508) 864-8723.

Styrofoam is lightweight and low in cost to produce, which explains why it is so commonly used in packaging and other products. Unfortunately, because Styrofoam is so light — it’s mostly air — and high volume it is expensive for towns to collect and transport to recycling markets. The process of burning Styrofoam produces toxic emissions and, therefore, it should not be discarded with trash if possible.

ReFoamIt “densifies” the material, turning it into heavy blocks, which are sold to vendors that repurpose the material into picture frames, car bumpers, plastic brackets and other products.

Densified Styrofoam Blocks Densified Styrofoam Blocks

To determine if a foam product is recyclable, look for the #6 recycling symbol with “PS” underneath. Common Styrofoam products that are recyclable include: produce and meat trays with the recycle symbol in the triangle (note: biodegradable trays do not have a recycle symbol); takeout containers (please rinse out first); hot cups, such as Dunkin’ Donuts beverage containers; foam egg cartons; and white insulation sheets.

ReFoamIt cannot accept the following items: plastic utensils; soft foam, such as pipe insulation; foam cups infused with cardboard or paper, such as those containing beverages sold at McDonald’s and Burger King; cardboard egg cartons; food containers with plastic film (some ground turkey comes in these containers); biodegradable produce and meat trays (for example, GenPak materials without the recycling symbol); blue or pink insulations sheets (unless full sized so they can be reused); Polypro, which looks like Styrofoam but has a #5 recycling symbol and bends instead of snapping; Super 8 film packing “peanuts”; bubble wrap; packing “peanuts,” which can be brought to a business that uses them, such as UPS.

Styrofoam to be recycled in Montreal

Posted 24 Oct 2013 — by sales
Category Application
Posted By: Tina Tenneriello  

As of today Montrealers will be able to recycle styrofoam by bringing rinsed off items with a triangle and a number six at the back to the Écocentre in LaSalle.

“Polystyrene is 100% recyclable, it can be reused and remanufactured; it’s a shame to see it go to the landfills,” Paul Auquin, Director of the Canadian Plastic Association, told CJAD.

It’s the second time Montreal launches a pilot project to recycle styrofoam. After the success of the first three month trial, the city has decided to start this full year one.

“We’re hoping to get data on the cost involved in recycling it on a continuous basis, so by doing it over a year, we will have data on whether you’re recycling it in summer or winter and so on.”

Auquin says the long term goal is to see polystyrene recycled in all the Écocentres and in the blue boxes.

He says regulations could change in 2018 so that styrofoam is collected in blue boxes in Montreal.

Styrofoam Recycling: Its Advantages

Posted 01 Jul 2013 — by Marketing
Category Application

Styrofoam is also known as polystyrene. Similar to other plastics, Styrofoam has many uses. It is most commonly used as packing material. Styrofoam is used in its expanded form. Explosives such as hydrogen bombs and napalm also utilize Styrofoam. Styrofoam recycling is an important step in the conservation of nature.

Styrofoam is produced from petroleum. This is bad news. Benzene, which is a common carcinogen, is utilized in its production. Styrofoam is extremely flammable. Hence, Styrofoam recycling is an important procedure. Read More

Other options for Styrofoam disposal

Posted 29 Jan 2013 — by Marketing
Category Application

Other options for Styrofoam disposal | Styrofoam RecyclingStyrofoam disposal recycling options are growing as researchers find new and innovative ways to either break down polystyrene or transform it into something new. Scientists have also learned that EPS can be dissolved at room temperature when sprayed with limonene, a natural extract derived from citrus peel. Read More

Pallet made of 98 percent air can bear a load of 600 kilograms

Posted 05 Mar 2012 — by Marketing
Category Application

The newly developed disposable pallets made of expanded polystyrene are lightweight with heavy loading capacity: The model in the standard Europallet dimensions is suitable for bearing dynamic loads of up to 660 kilograms and has a tare weight of just 2.6 kilograms. This reduces transport costs and speaks particularly in favor of its use for airfreight. As expanded polystyrene is dust-free and non-sensitive to water and most chemicals, EPS pallets are particularly suitable for use with pharmaceuticals and foodstuffs.

In many industries, pallets made of plastic materials are used as a rule instead of wooden pallets because of the strict hygiene regulations. Expanded polystyrene (EPS) – also known under the trade name Styropor – has the particular advantage of being light: it is foamed from granulate, whereby the finished product consists of 98% air. That also makes LIGHT pallet suitable, in addition to special applications, an attractive and cost-cutting load carrier for freight and commercial transport in almost every industrial sector.Pallet made of 98 percent air can bear a load of 600 kilograms

The pallets are available in the standard dimensions 800 x 1200 mm and 400 x 600 mm. Experience from almost five
decades of processing EPS allows pallets to be produced with high precision. The pallet has a uniform structure with a good weld between the cells.

EPS pallets can be disposed of without a problem. There is a steady demand for used EPS as the recycling of the material is well developed, and there are many economically efficient secondary applications.

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