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What is the most important process of Styrofoam recycling

 

As we all know, one of the best ways to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills is recycling. Every year, we are greatly increasing the amount of municipal solid waste we recycle. As a widely used packaging product, Styrofoam becomes a recyclable part.

 

Styrofoam, with the #6 recycling icon plastic identification symbol, is one of the materials we use to produce a wide range of products, including foam food containers as well as a variety of plates and bowls. This versatile material can be in the form of foam or solid. Styrofoam can be recycled in many places throughout the United States. However, roadside recycling is not enough to make the material recycled.

 


Styrofoam has many advantages, including an insulating quality that helps keep food warm. It is light, durable and strong, making it an excellent packing material. However, due to its lightweight and large volume, Styrofoam waste is difficult to manage, and many recyclers are refuse to accept the material because of the high cleaning and transportation costs. So where does the large amount of Styrofoam waste go?

 

The process of recycling Styrofoam typically includes waste collection, crushing and compression, granulation and the production of new products, among which, crushing and compressing is the most important part of Styrofoam recycling.

 


With the application of GREENMAX Styrofoam densifier, the operator just need to feed the collected Styrofoam through conveyor belts into a shredding machine, the shredded foam scraps are then transferred to a plastic extruder where the foam is exposed to heat and pressure to melt the Styrofoam. Subsequently, the melted foam passes out through a small outlet at the end of the extruder and solidifies into a continuous foam ingots. Finally, the foam ingots be easily transported to the required plant to produce new foam products or to be granulated for sale.

 


INTCO is an important terminal enterprise of polystyrene materials with over ten years experience. From equipment manufacturing to foam scraps procurement, INTCO is a leading company in the Styrofoam recycling industry.