Foam #6,it's also called Styrofoam with 95% air, is an excellent insulator, it can protect your fingers from burning when you hold the hot water; it is light, flexible and malleable which is quite suitable for different kinds of packaging; is make it a good packing material etc. In the meantime, its lightness makes it hard to be collected from curbside containers; its big volume makes the landfill and transportation fees quite high. Most of all, it do a large harm to our environment,so we need to do foam recycling to make our life better.
The advantages of foam recycling included:
（1）Reduce the litter both on land and in the sea, prevent pollution
（2）Protect the earth environment
（3）Save transportation and landfill fees
（5）Turn waste into recyclable products, more sustainability
“Why recycle foam?” Many people doubt it although foam is recyclable, this is still a very complex issue.
"Foam waste covers a large area when collected, and the bucket of recyclable material will not be able to hold it. Worse still, the cost to contact a specific vehicle to pull it cost too much.”"The foam waste drop slag when touched. It sticks to everything in the home, not only takes up space, but also is particularly difficult to clean."
According to the public's voice, foam recycling seems to be resisted, and everyone is unwilling to recycle such waste. So why is foam recycling action still going on despite so many difficulties? Why on earth are we obliged to recycle foam?
No hurry, when you get to know how harmful the foam waste is to our lives, you will know the necessity of foam recycling. Such harm is far more than "visual pollution".
First, excessive land occupation. Foam waste stays in nature for a long time, generally up to 200 to 400 years, and some up to 500 years, where it will breed bacteria and pollute groundwater.
Second, pollute the air. After the foam is weathered, the foam dust flies with the wind.
Third, pollute water bodies. Waste foam floating on the surface of rivers and seawater, if eaten by animals, it will harm their health and may even starve to death because foam waste cannot be digested in the digestive tract.
Fourth, fire hazards. Almost all white waste is combustible, especially foam. They naturally generate combustible gas such as methane during natural stacking. In recent years, foam accidents caused by open flames or spontaneous combustion have continued to occur, often causing significant losses.
Fifth, foam waste may become a nest of harmful organisms. They can provide places for rats, birds and mosquitoes to eat, inhabit and reproduce, and the residues in them are often the source of infectious diseases.
Sixth, after the waste foam enters the environment, it is difficult to degrade, causing long-term and deep-level ecological and environmental problems. Foam packaging is mixed in the soil, which affects the absorption of nutrients and moisture by crops, causing crops to reduce production. Worse still, if animals eat foam garbage, they will cause digestive tract diseases and even death.
After reading the above-mentioned long-term and deep "potential hazards", do you still have such doubt why recycle foam? Do you still think that foam recycling is a time-consuming and labor-intensive process that is not worth the loss?