The Latest Discovery
Past September articles were published that identified the biodegradation of polystyrene and the fact that there are organisms that actually digest and dispose of it, known as mealworms.
Two papers published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology in September by Wu and his colleagues at Stanford and Beihang University in Beijing found that mealworms, the larvae form of the beetle Tenebrio molitor, can eat and rapidly break down Styrofoam and other forms of polystyrene generally thought to be non-biodegradable. Though for many years we’ve known that insects, birds and other animals occasionally eat plastic, Wu’s team was able to show for the first time that in some cases, the polystyrene is not only consumed, but also is broken down into small, harmless components that can be absorbed back into the environment.
While recycling bulky, molded container material or Styrofoam packing peanuts, there are solutions out there. Here are some locations that may help you get rid of that unwarranted polystyrene.
New Jersey Recycling Locations
Perhaps the greatest way for our nation and the environment to thrive and still use plastics is to limit their uses, as so many cities have already. Numerous cities and states have banned the use of plastic bags and fast food containers. With sufficient pressure on the fast food industry, someday we might also get plastic dishware, cutlery and drinking cups and glasses banned as well, at least in public.
We take the environment seriously. At Polymolding LLC, we’re proud of our record of only providing construction grade materials. The materials we provide to shore up retaining walls, ramps, stadiums and other large projects typically don’t get chucked into the landfills when the project is completed. Our large EPS Geofoam, Geofoam insulation sheeting and other products have a commercial application and not left in the hands of the typical, fast-paced consumer.
For more information on the many uses of Geofoam, feel free to have one of our professionals provide a no cost, no obligation consultation. Having the knowledge in advance of your next large commercial endeavor can save time, energy and significant financial savings over traditional back-fill, supporting roadbed or rail bed costs.