This April, Green Monday returns with the Earth Month Campaign to advocate “lifestyle change not climate change”. Join the Recycling Movement as a simple action that can have a tremendous impact on achieving global net-zero goals. Foam recycling may be a good way to achieve this subject. Do you know foam is recyclable? There are over 200 foam recycling drop-off locations across the U.S. including in and around most metropolitan areas.
From food containers to cups and packaging, foam is omnipresent in our lives, yet it can be dangerous for both our health and the environment. When heated, foam releases toxic chemicals that can hurt our health. When broken into smaller pieces, it become a choking hazard for scavenging animals, especially marine animals. Foam biodegrades slowly and shows significant resistance to photolysis, or decomposition by the action of light, and it can take up to 500 years for it to decompose naturally due to that. Therefore, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified styrene, the material that makes up Styrofoam, as a possible human carcinogen.
Fortunately, Foam can be recycled. A set of foam densifiers can easily solve this problem. If your local government has a curbside recycling program that has this specialized equipment, then you can simply put your foam in the recycling bin.
Foam densifier is mainly used for Styrofoam/EPS (Expanded Polystyrene), PE foam (Expandable Polyethylene), XPS (Extruded Polystyrene), EPP (Expanded Polypropylene), etc. After recycling, the foam would be cleaned and then thrown into a foam densifier, an onsite machine would cut it into small pieces, heat it, and densify it.