Styrofoam recycling-- a preferred solution to many environmental problems


Recently, the widespread use of Styrofoam has caused serious environmental problems. It is one of the most widely used thermoplastics in the world, third only after PVC and polyethylene, of which the products are widely used in a variety of packaging materials, advertising decoration, foam insulation materials, cushioning materials and disposable tableware.

As Styrofoam is a disposable application, bulky and with small density, so it is non-degradable and easy to cause waste. Moreover, the waste Styrofoam itself will pollute the groundwater with its toxic chemicals, which is called White pollution.



In China, the demand for Styrofoam is around 1.5 million tons per year and even more in the worldwide, with an increasing rate of 10% per year. However, the conventional solutions such as burial and incineration can not only produce secondary pollution but also waste resources. Hence, Styrofoam recycling is extremely necessary, not only for making full use of existing resources, but also for developing circular economy.

As the white pollution is more and more serious, governments attach great importance to the recycling and utilization of Styrofoam, and great progress has been made to the recycling technology.


GREENMAX from INTCO, a recycling specialist, has a variety of recycling machines such as compactors and densifiers, which can help recycle the Styrofoam for the first step. These machines can smash and then compress or heat the Styrofoam material into blocks or ingots in order to make these compressed or melted materials easy to store and transport. What’s more, the foam blocks and ingots can be used to granulate and then made into other plastic products, to realize the utmost value of recycling.

GREENMAX is of great importance to recycle and reuse waste Styrofoam materials. With this recycling equipment, it is obviously that many of the Styrofoam products will no longer be stacked everywhere and recycling seems to be the most environmental solution.