Why can't we just incinerate all the waste foam packaging?

Owing to the excellent properties of foam#6 packaging –durability, thermal insulation, and lightweight, we embraced it in all areas of life. Foam#6 packaging has created a revolution and improved the quality of life immensely, however, nowadays how to deal with it seems to be one of the greatest plagues of our plant. There is a saying that the best way to deal with foam#6 material is to incinerate it because recycle foam#6 packaging (which sounds more environmentally) is quite challenging. To find out whether this saying is correct, we would compare the advantages to the disadvantages of incinerating foam#6.

Advantages of Incinerating Waste Foam#6

Electricity could be made by burning waste foam#6 in an incinerator

A lot of heat could be produced when foam#6 is burned because foam#6 is made from oil and gas.

Reduce deforestation

There are numerous reasons for deforestation, and one of them is cutting wood for use of fuel. Foam#6 could replace wood as fuel to reduce deforestation.

Disadvantages of Incinerating Waste Foam#6

Incineration facilities are expensive

Incineration facilities require both expensive power generators that cost millions to build and operate. Ahmina Maxey, U.S. and Canada regional coordinator for the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, said: "Detroit sunk $1.2 billion into its incinerator, and Harrisburg, Pa., spent more than $360 million upgrading its plant, it is a burden to the communities that plunge into it.” Meanwhile, burn one ton of waste at the incineration facility costs about $250.

Incineration is unsustainable

Due to the cost of incinerators are very high for communities, the machines need enough waste foam#6 to maintain operation. So rather than advocating reduce foam#6 consumption, you have a community that is encouraged to produce enough waste to feed the machine so that the foam#6 industry would get to increase their foam#6 production, continue to pollute.

Incineration will be the most CO2-intensive form of generation

Waste-to-energy plants emit less than coal- and oil-based energy plants but more than natural gas plants. According to Dominic Hogg from Eunomi, when coal is phased out for generating electricity, the incineration of unrecycled waste will be the most CO2-intensive form of generation.

To sum up, the shortcomings of incinerating foam#6 are far outweighing the strong points. Incineration of course could handle a small amount of foam, but it is better to do foam recycling for the long turn. As long as the professional foam recycling equipment is equipped in the community, foam recycling is far easier than imagined.