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Styrofoam Cups: Ban or Recycle?

By Dr Joseph S Maresca  

Major municipalities like New York and others in the United States face the prospect of citizens creating a growing amount of trash because of population increases, wasteful product packaging, and materials which defy decomposition.

Styrofoam cups are an example of inorganic materials which defy easy styrofoam cupsbreakdown for recycling purposes. Seattle has banned these styrofoam cups with cities like New York likely soon to follow. Generally speaking, organically based materials may be disposed of more easily by natural processes like composting.

Right now, the restaurant industry in New York City is gearing up to thwart an effort by legislators to ban styrofoam cups. Continue reading

Substitution of Styrofoam Cups

Substitution of Styrofoam Cups | Styrofoam Densifiers for Styrofoam RecyclingThe primary problem with Styrofoam cups is that they do not biodegrade quickly and take up space in landfills. Styrofoam takes a long time to break down in the environment and can accumulate as harmful waste in landfills. Some coffee houses are now selling their coffee and hot beverages in biodegradable cups rather than in Styrofoam. The biodegradable cup does not use a paper jacket like most traditional hot beverage containers, but instead is designed with corrugated cardboard on the interior of the cup to keep the heat inside. Continue reading

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