Recycling expanded polystyrene is a great habit to get into. While some people mistakenly refer to expanded polystyrene as Styrofoam™ (a Dow Chemical trademarked product), it is most certainly not. Styrofoam™ was introduced by its creator way back in 1941, and has become a widely used medium for everything from meat tray packaging to EPS Geofoam blocks. Styrofoam™ cups, fast food containers and building insulation has certainly impacted society, and it is certainly impacting the planet. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (in reality there are 5 in the world) is the largest collection of plastic pollution on the planet, and is about twice the size of Texas. We as protectors of the environment can do so much better. Don’t litter, stop using plastic bottles and Styrofoam cups.
Recycling your expanded polystyrene is not that difficult, as there are numerous secondary uses for it. Arts and crafts experts have defined an entire catalog of uses for EPS, and if you have no creative genes, locate a recycling center near you. For those in the Eastern Tristate area, here’s some information that could prove to be helpful.
As for tips to help keep expanded polystyrene out of our landfills and waterways, bear in mind that there are solutions beyond merely chucking your styrofoam cup or drink container into the trash.
Just remember this: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BURN IT! Burning polystyrene will emit a swath of chemical gasses into the atmosphere, mainly carbon monoxide and benzene, which have both been found to be a serious health hazard.