What can we do with large quantities of Styrofoam waste?
Styrofoam is commonly found in packaging and takeout containers. In environmental terms, Styrofoam is one of the most frustrating materials that we have ever encountered. The decomposition of Styrofoam waste takes over hundreds of years, and recycling is often considered not cost-effective by many enterprises.
Although it is estimated that Styrofoam products account for less than 1% of the total landfill space, considering the lightweight and bulky surface, it takes up a much higher proportion of landfill space. Moreover, it is essentially non-biodegradable and takes hundreds or thousands of years to decompose. Even if Styrofoam has been disposed of ends up in landfills, it is easy to be blown away by the wind, and eventually pollute the water streams.
Currently, some regions have recycling policies in place, but a large amount of Styrofoam waste still ends up in landfills around the world. By conservative estimates, there are thousands of tons Styrofoam are produced in the Middle and finally sent to landfills every year.
So, what can we do with large quantities of Styrofoam waste?
If you choose to sell the loose Styrofoam waste to a recycler or just drop if in the local recycling center, this does not seem to be the best solution. The most effective way of Styrofoam processing is to realize the renewable utilization of resources, that is, compression, recycling and application to reproduction.
INTCO recycling offers a type of Styrofoam densifier which can realize Styrofoam recycling by melting. The GREENMAX equipment is specially designed for compressing and melting Styrofoam waste and turning the loose foam into lumps with a compression ratio of 90:1. Once the waste Styrofoam is melted, it is easy to pack and transport. INTCO also buys back the foam lumps for picture frames production.