ReFoamIt now has their own facility located at 1 Sculley Road in Ayer, MA
Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is commonly referred to as ‘Styrofoam’, which is actually the trade name of a foam product used for housing insulation. The material polystyrene, which is most often seen in the form of disposable food containers, insulating materials and packing materials, is a petroleum-based plastic. The main building block of polystyrene is a synthetic chemical called Styrene, which has now been described by the U.S. National Toxicology Program as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” As EPS deteriorates, styrene can leach out and contaminate the environment. Polystyrene can also potentially leach toxins into food and beverages.
ReFoamIT’s first recycling event will be on March 16. They are requesting all washed styrofoam products be brought in for their new machine to gobble up.
As we know, styrofoam is the hardest item in the landfill to be broken down. Setting styrofaom on fire creates a toxic ash.
RefoamIt has a system that puts the loose products into a intense pressure cycle, then condenses it into blocks.
From there they sell the blocks to KWD Warehouse who transitions them to into:
I am sure that there are a multitude of items that can be re-made with these blocks.
For instance, in California, there are many sites to drop off your hard styrofoam products that you have gotten from buying a new tv, some furniture, and/or a new hairdryer.
From there, it can be made into surfboard blanks. Then the surfboard makers take that blank and create some pretty cool surfboards.
Are there any recycling plants in your area? What are the products that can be made from that plant?
I know that there is a push all over the U.S. to ban styrofoam from everyday use.
Congrats to ReFoamIt! May your recycling efforts become a diamond in the ruff for you.