Thursday, April 15, 2010
Recycling Styrofoam (expanded polystyrene)
I don't have anywhere to recycle Styrofoam cups, plates and containers near me, but there are a number of facilities throughout the U.S. where you can take your stuff. Check out these links.
And good for Dart, manufacturer of many of these products, for opening 13 recycling centers across the nation and one in Ontario. From their website:
"Dart currently operates several polystyrene foam drop-off locations at our production plants for anyone who wishes to recycle foam products. In addition we have recycling centers at our production facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Ontario, Canada, capable of reprocessing 12 million pounds of foam products annually.
These centers receive foam from local schools, community recyclers, supermarkets, hospitals, manufacturing plants, cafeterias, and individuals.
To facilitate the recycling process, Dart engineers invented a state-of-the-art process for washing and drying used foam food-service products.
Dart sells its recycled polystyrene to manufacturers who reprocess it into useful products. Recycled polystyrene is used in the making of protective foam packaging and "peanuts," egg cartons, building insulation, video cassettes, toys, and office desk products.
Recycling Specifications for Post-Consumer/End User
We can process the following polystyrene foam items provided that they are separated from other materials (e.g. paper, cans, bottles, other plastics), clean, and delivered to one of our drop-off locations.
Foam cups and containers. Cups do not need to be rinsed, but must be empty.
Foam egg cartons.
Rinsed, single-layer, non-perforated foam meat trays.
Foam food trays/lunch trays. Must be either rinsed off or minimally contaminated -- no food remnants.
Most packaging foam: molded forms and shapes. We cannot process flame-retardant material or packaging peanuts.