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 Author: Zenaida
PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:32 am 
I picked up a recycling brochure at the recycling event on Earth Day and was pleasantly surprised that so many more things can be recycled than the last time I checked.

The brochure says plastics #1-7 can be recycled, with the exception of "#6 (Styrofoam)". I am wondering about the clear plastic containers in which one gets bakery goods. They have a #6 on them, but they are definitely not styrofoam. What's the story there?

 Author: terry
PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:05 am 
The clear plastic containers with the number 6 inside the recycling symbol are made of polystyrene and can be put in the recycling bins. It will be sold with other types of plastics and may be recycled as a "mixed plastic" that ends up in a few end products or in some cases is used as feedstock for energy production.

Styrofoam or expanded polystyrene presents more of a problem in terms of recycling. Although it can be reused in some building materials or reused for packaging, there are not well developed markets for recycling styrofoam. In Silver City we discourage collection of styrofoam in the recycling program because of its large volume to weight ratio and non-compressibility. It is not economical for Silver City to collect and transport to El Paso for processing.

Since styrofoam does not biodegrade for hundreds of years and is the major source of plastic debris is the environment, the best option is to REDUCE use of styrofoam. Foam plates and cups may be cheap but not when you factor in the hidden environmental costs. Follow the example of the WNMU Eco-sustainability club which worked with the management of the campus cafeteria to eliminate styrofoam use. When you receive packaging with styrofoam let the company know you would like to see them use more environmentally friendly packaging. Many companies have developed other packaging options such as fully recyclable cardboard. If you receive styrofoam peanuts drop them off at a local package shipping store for REUSE.

Terry Timme

 Author: Zenaida
PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 6:42 am 

Thank you so much for your in depth answer to my question. Rest assured, I have always avoided styrofoam like the plague. When I get foam peanuts I stockpile them until I get a large amount then give them away on Freecycle to people who do a lot of shipping.

I am very glad to hear that the #6 clear plastic can be recycled.

Thanks again.

 Author: Taidef1972
PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:29 am 
Yeah you are right the answer he has given is truly very satisfactory. I am happy to read this.

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