Tag Archives: Styrofoam

Passing on Styrofoam

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a ban on expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam food packaging, which is commonly referred to by the Dow trademark Styrofoam, in February.

In a Bloomberg News article, the mayor describes the material as “something that we know is environmentally destructive and that may be hazardous to our health, that is costing taxpayers money and that we can easily do without, and is something that should go the way of lead paint.”

According to the city, an estimated 20,000 tons of EPS food packaging enter its waste stream per year and removing the material from the recycling stream adds an estimated $20 per ton to the cost of recycling. Continue reading

Harms from Styrofoam

Styrofoam DensifierStyrofoam is non-biodegradable. According to Washington University, Styrofoam takes 500 years to decompose. With enough Styrofoam cups produced each day to circle the earth if lined up end to end, the potential for major ecological impact is great.

The Earth Resource Foundation reports that Styrofoam manufacturers were the fifth largest producer of toxic waste in 1986. Continue reading

Styrofoam is filling up landfill

Styrofoam is filling up landfillStyrofoam has the potential to affect the entire ecological system of this planet. Used in product packages and the shipping industry, the world produces tons of Styrofoam each year which is now a major environmental problem. Landfills are filling up at a record rate and Styrofoam is one reason and Styrofoam is non-biodegradable adds to the ecological impact. Continue reading

Styrofoam Monster – a human carcinogen

Polystyrene is a petroleum-based plastic made from the styrene monomer and is marketed under the trade name Styrofoam. We live under the assumption that the common products we use day-to-day are safe. However, serious questions remain about the health effects of many of these products. Through investigation and human and animal studies, sometimes these widely used products are found to cause serious health problems. Continue reading

What Happens To Trashed Styrofoam?

What Happens to Trashed Styrofoam | Styrofoam DensifierTrashed Styrofoam does not degrade easily, as it is made from non-renewable petroleum products. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 2 million of the 3 million tons of Styrofoam products produced in the United States sit in landfills. Due to the vast amount of Styrofoam filling the landfills, researchers are motivated to explore better disposal solutions for Styrofoam. Continue reading

How Does Styrofoam Waste Effects On Landfills

According to the National Bureau of Standards Center for Fire Research, burning landfills containing Styrofoam release 57 dangerous chemical byproducts into the air.

How Does Styrofoam Waste Effects On Landfills | Styrofoam DensifierSunlight creates harmful air pollutants from Styrofoam that are known as tropospheric ozone. The solar heating of the chlorofluorocarbons and hydrocarbons in Styrofoam also cause air pollution, contaminate landfills, and deplete the ozone layer. Continue reading

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