Now, recycled EPS can’t be used to make insulated cups, foam trays or anything else that will come in contact with food. However, it can be used to make items like outdoor furniture, roofing tiles, coat hangers, seedling containers, door and window frames, packing peanuts and so much more.
Is Styrofoam material recycled?
Styrofoam is a number 6 plastic. This rating confirms that the material is hard to recycle. It needs special equipment before recyclers can process it into another product. Many recyclers use condensing machine to process Styrofoam.
What can I do with styrofoam packaging?
Donate it. Go to Earth911.com, type in “polystyrene” and your zip code, and it will tell you where your closest drop-off site is. The Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers (AFPR) has a list of centers that will accept your excess EPS via mail.
What can you do with scrap Styrofoam?
Most areas (including a large part of the US) are unable to recycle styrofoam, so the most eco-friendly way to deal with it is to reuse and repurpose it! You can reuse packing peanuts in planters, turn Styrofoam cups into seedling starters, repurpose a Styrofoam cooler to be a compost bin, and so much more!
Is styrofoam considered a plastic?
The foam that you formerly knew as styrofoam is actually expanded polystyrene foam or EPS. This material is made from polystyrene, a plastic that’s often used to make clear products like food packaging or lab equipment.
What are some items that can be made out of Styrofoam products?
Foam polystyrene can be more than 95 percent air and is widely used to make home and appliance insulation, lightweight protective packaging, surfboards, foodservice and food packaging, automobile parts, roadway and roadbank stabilization systems and more.