As we all know, with the proliferation and random disposal of single-used foam products, foam waste has seriously deteriorated the ecological environment in recent years.
According to EPA and International Agency, foam materials have serious impacts on human health, wildlife, and the aquatic environment. On one hand, the accumulation of foam waste in the soil will affect crops to absorb nutrients and water, resulting in crop reduction. On the other hand, abandoned foam products on land or in water can be swallowed by animals and cause animal death. So is there any way to deal with these foam wastes? Can foam recycling help alleviate ecological degradation?
The most common way nowadays to deal with abandoned foam
You may think that foam recycling has become popular among people, but this is not the case. The most common waste foam disposal method is landfill, which is to fill the waste into the pit, cover the contact part between the ground and the waste foam with anti-seepage materials, to prevent the landfill leachate from entering into the groundwater and causing pollution.
Based on the data from Green Dining Alliance, who devote to supporting environmentally-friendly restaurants, 80% of the waste foam (about 2.3 million tons) eventually went to the landfill, accounting for about 30% of landfill space worldwide.
What is the best way to deal with waste foam?
Is landfill the best way to deal with waste foam? Of course not. The landfill will not only take the dimensions of the field, affect the sustainable use of land, but also pollute groundwater, soil, and rivers to a certain extent. Meanwhile, methane produced by waste foam fermentation will both cause the explosion hazard and the greenhouse effect. So measures should be taken to find a more environmentally friendly way to replace landfills. But in fact, the best way already exists - foam recycling.
Foam Recycling helps foam waste get its rebirth
The first step of foam recycling is to collect foam wastes and send them to specialized recycling centers where there equipped with foam recycling machines. Then the foam waste will be compressed into dense blocks by a foam compactor or foam densifier, and further processed into photo frames and other decoration products, which can be sold at markets again.