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Styrofoam recycling is a cause for concern for many people around the world

 

Styrofoam is a material that is really easy to obtain. Many people hate the stuff. A lot of the merchandise on store shelves ship in Styrofoam, but the material doesn’t smash down, taking up lots of valuable space. Styrofoam is also a material that has great insulating properties.

Styrofoam is one of the most common materials used in a wide variety of applications -- from home appliance packaging to take-out food containers to building insulation. Styrofoam recycling is slowly expanding in the world, but at present there is still so much of this material that ends up in our landfills. It is estimated that 30% of the total solid waste volume dumped in landfills is polystyrene.

 

 

Styrofoam is bulky and hard to recycle, and takes an incredible amount of time to break down. Environmentalists and oceanographers also note that Styrofoam is one of the main ocean pollutants, being found in abundance in what is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area in the northern Pacific Ocean that’s said to contain 3.3 million pieces of plastic garbage per square kilometer.

Styrofoam recycling is a cause for concern in the world because there are relatively few companies that have facilities to recycle this material and because of contamination issues in the Styrofoam used in the food industry.

 

 

There is also a particularly costly issue -- recyclers have to spend more resources on personnel and work hours just to clean up the used food packaging material they collect before these can be recycled. There are publicized advances in technology recently that will allow recyclers to accept used food packaging, but these innovations are available only to the big cities, at present.

Whatever the difficulties that people may face in the Styrofoam recycling process, they always need professional tools that can help them recycle Styrofoam for the first step. Styrofoam recycling machines include compactors and densifiers are needed to reduce the foam volume and this is good for saving storage space and transportation costs.

 

 

The disposed small volume materials can be easily stocked and sold to be recycled. So even though Styrofoam recycling is difficult, it will be more convenient for you to recycle with those professional machines.