Shopping for recyclable and recycled products can be a headache for consumers and businesses alike. Recology CleanScapes is looking to change that. The store recently opened in Bothell, WA and offers their customers a completely green line of products. In addition to offering up-cycled, recycled and re-purposed products, Recology CleanScapes also offers recycling drop off for products like polystyrene foam, electronics and metal.
Recycling In Action
With a rapidly growing market, the uses for recycled polystyrene continue to grow. Companies are using it for things like picture frames, surfboards and gardening supplies. Now, one company in Portland, Oregon is building homes FROM foam.
Recycling polystyrene cups, plates, packaging materials, egg cartons and meat trays will become much easier in Colchester County in Nova Scotia thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition.
Colchester is the second community to receive a grant from the FRC and the Foodservice Packaging Institute. They plan to use the grant to upgrade their facilities and purchase new polystyrene recycling equipment to compress and ship polystyrene.
One of the common questions people have about polystyrene foam recycling is “How do you transport the foam effectively?”
Since polystyrene foam is 90% air, it is too light to transport without compressing it into a more manageable size. Mil-tek in the United Kingdom has solved this efficiency problem by using presses and balers to crush the foam into smaller more efficient sizes. With their machinery they are able to reduce the volume of foam products by 95%!
From coast to coast, more and more cities around the United States are beginning to recycle polystyrene foam products in their communities. Some places do it by offering drop-off locations and some do it by collecting foam in their curbside recycling. One company in Rhode Island has expanded the reach of foam recycling by offering a new drop-off location available to residents throughout the state.