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how can I recycle stereo foam ? Answered

I am worried to see the lots of stereo foam used as packing material.. Is it any way to make it pieces and use it like insulation material or may as sand with cement to make some kind of mortar ?


Call your local recycling/waste hauling company and ask - most recycling companies in the US have a day once or twice a year when they accept Styrofoam (aka expanded polystyrene, EPS, etc.) for recycling.

Styrofoam packing "peanuts" are different - most recycling companies won't take them at all. But they can be re-used - most pack-&-ship places (like "Mailboxes, Etc.") will gladly accept as many clean packing peanuts as you can bring them.

(I personally don't recommend Styrofoam in planter pots - it eventually gets waterlogged and squashed, and breaks up into unpleasant little soggy squooshlings in your pot.)

Styrofoam is a trademark of Dow Chemical Company - I'm guessing you're talking about polystyrene. In Wellington (New Zealand) there's a company that recycles some of our styrofoam into insulation for houses. http://www.trashpalace.co.nz/poly_palace

yes,styrofoam is very nasty to the environment,so recycling it is essential to global survival.there are a few ibles here for making plastic from old styro using acetone.not only would you be recycling,but you could pick up a new hobby or possible second income from it.i recently started using acetone melted styro to make plastic radio controlled aircraft parts.i've seen it used for making jewelry as well.

Styrofoam is a trademark of the Dow Company, the material itself if called expanded polystyrene or EPS.

It is difficult to recycle and bulky to store so most kerbside recycle schemes won't take it.

Some ideas are -

- Use it for packing parcels sent through the mail
- Broken up, it can be added to compost for pot plants, improving drainage and heat retention.
- http://earth911.com/has a search engine at the top of the page where you can find recyclers
- Crafters, or craft shops will sometimes take it off your hands to use in projects.

http://www.epspackaging.org/info.html has further ideas.