Posts Tagged ‘Styrofoam’

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 Recycling Solution

Posted 20 Jun 2013 — by sales
Category Application

If you have tonnes of used styrofoam each week and are compacting it before sending it to landfill — you could be recycling it instead. There are several recyclers who take compacted  styrofoam; some like WES in Redcar and the Wales Environment Trust in Newport reprocess styrofoam into a clean pellet that can be used in applications like coat hangers, picture frames and replacement hardwood. Others, most notably Enviro in Grimsby who will take used fish boxes, export the compacted  styrofoam to the Far East where it is recycled and used in new products like disposable cameras and video cases.

If you have tonnes of un-compacted, used  styrofoam each week, some recyclers will install a compacter on your site and then take the compacted material for recycling. In all cases, the recycler will collect the compacted material if you have a large enough amount to make the journey economically viable and in some cases they will pay for the compacted  styrofoam.

Harden can offer complete solution to  styrofoam recycling.

1. Trays of  styrofoam are
compacted for shipment.

EPS Compactor for EPS recyclingcompacted eps

2. The compaction of  styrofoam allows for a reduction by 30-50 times the number of shipments needed to move the material.

transport EPS

3. The compacted blocks of  styrofoam are shredded into flakes in preparation for introduction into the pelletizing extruder.

Single Shaft Shredder

4. The shredded flakes of  styrofoam are converted back into the polystyrene pellet.

Single Screw Extruder


5. The  styrofoam pellets are mixed with additives and color in the compounding pelletizer line and re-pelletized prior to introduction into the profile lines for profile production.

Twin Screw Extruder

Styrofoam Compactor for Styrofoam Recycling

Posted 11 Apr 2013 — by sales
Category Application

One of  Harden Australian customer came to test styrofoam compactor model CP370 that he ordered in December, year 2012. He purchased styrofoam compactor in order to recycle styrofoam in Australia. He was very satisified with the styrofoam compactor. He also ordered the belt conveyor to transport styrofoam to the styrofoam compactor. The conveyor will automatically stop when full load.

EPS Compactor

Here You Can See Styrofoam Compactor Model CP370 Operation

What Does Styrofoam Precents?

Posted 11 Feb 2013 — by Marketing
Category Application

What Does Styrofoam PrecentsSimilar to plastic, Styrofoam is a tough artificial substance, so the environment has never been able to cope with the effects of its production and degradation. Recycling is one solution to this problem. Styrofoam is not difficult to store by using recycling equipments such as Styrofoam Compactor, which can compact waste Styrofoam up to 50 to 1 size reduction.

Prevents the Need to Degrade

Styrofoam is actually a material called polystyrene. It is highly buoyant and a strong insulator, used for such purposes as containers, the manufacturing of explosives and packaging sensitive electronics or other breakable items when they are shipped. Read More

Benefits of Styrofoam Insulation

Posted 28 Dec 2012 — by Marketing
Category Application

Benefits of Styrofoam InsulationThere are many benefits to styrofoam insulation over traditional materials. These benefits include ease of installation and durability.

Styrofoam insulation lasts longer than previously used materials. It maintains its effectiveness longer with resistance to breakdown, compression, moisture absorption, or attack by critters. Read More

Styrofoam: California bans it; Montreal hopes to recycle it

Posted 14 Dec 2012 — by Marketing
Category Application

While California moves to ban the use of Styrofoam containers from the take-out food industry, Montreal is at least trying to figure out how to recover and recycle this ubiquitous material.

Montrealers still have until August 31 to bring their Styrofoam containers and other Number 6 plastics to the Eadie Ecocentre, at 1868 Cabot Street, as part of a pilot project to determine whether these materials can be recycled in a way that is both economically and environmentally viable. Read More

How to recycle Styrofoam By Your Own?

Posted 29 Oct 2012 — by Marketing
Category Application

By Matthew McClifford

In our days, all the electronics come packaged in a strong frame made from Styrofoam. A big portion of the population doesn’t think that the packaging can be reused and a lot of pollution can be cleared from our planet by recycling Styrofoam.

If you really need to find out if Styrofoam is recyclable spend the following five minutes reading my recycling tricks. Read More

Top 5 Reasons to Styrofoam

Posted 26 Sep 2012 — by Marketing
Category Application

Styrofoam Foam | Styrofoam Compactor | Harden IndustryStyrofoam is a polymer of styrene. Styrene is a petroleum by-product and the primary raw material from which Styrofoam is made. Styrene, a naturally occurring substance, is present in many foods and beverages, including wheat, beef, strawberries, peanuts, coffee beans and cinnamon.

1. It’s good at catching air.

Because Styrofoam foam is so light (comprised of 97 percent air), it is easily carried by wind and water currents to all reaches of our planet, and its unsinkable nature makes it a main component of marine debris. Read More

Densified Styrofoam and baled RPS

Posted 10 Sep 2012 — by Marketing
Category Application

RPS | Styrofoam Compactor

RPS can be baled in conventional fibre/container municipal balers and or small briquetters and vertical balers(cardboard type).

Densification of Styrofoam involves the use of heat to cause the molecular polymer chains of Styrofoam to retract from their expanded, foamed positions, resulting in a mass reduction of 90:1. The average compression ratio of Styrofoam in a conventional fibre/plastic baler is 15:1. The use of an Styrofoam densifier can yield the following benefits:

– lower transportation costs to market

– enhanced value and broader market for densified material

– elimination of baling Styrofoam, freeing up baling equipment for higher volume materials

Densified Styrofoam and baled RPS are one of the main resources of manufacturers around the world. It is used to make picture frames, furniture, fences, electronics, electrical components, toys, CD jewel cases, clothes, carpets and more. The price of PS is closely related to the price of oil and will fluctuate.


Waste Reduction Options For Styrofoam

Posted 22 Aug 2012 — by Marketing
Category Application

1. Reduce – refers to the reduction of natural resources used. By optimising pack design, moulders can reduce Styrofoam usage, thus reducing environmental burden and cost.

Waste Reduction Options For Styrofoam | Hasswell Styrofoam Compactor2. Re-Use – Styrofoam packaging can be re-used as multi-trip packaging, e.g. for the internal transport of partially assembled goods. Another simple re-use of the packaging is to grind it and use it as soil conditioner to improve drainage and aeration. Styrofoam seed and pot-holding trays are often re-used in this way at garden centres.

3. Recycle – is the reprocessing of used Styrofoam packaging to make a new material such as hardwood replacement for making garden furniture, slate replacement for roofing tiles and new plastics items such as coat hangers, CD and video cases.

4. Recover – Styrofoam has a very high calorific value, higher than that of coal, and can be safely burnt within energy recovery units, or incinerators, without giving off toxic or environmentally damaging fumes.

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