Businesses and consumers are becoming more aware of the negative impacts Styrofoam has on the environment and wondering how they can help mitigate the problem. To help you get started, this post covers everything you need to know about Styrofoam and the negative environmental impacts associated with it, as well as tips for reducing or eliminating it at your business.

  For decades Styrofoam has been one of the most commonly used plastics because it is lightweight, durable, and inexpensive. However, businesses and consumers are becoming more aware of the negative impacts it has on the environment and wondering how they can help mitigate the problem. If your business generates Styrofoam waste, don't worry, there's a lot of things you can do to reduce or eliminate it! To help you get started, this post covers everything you need to know about Styrofoam and the negative environmental impacts associated with it, as well as tips for reducing or eliminating it at your business. Continue reading to learn more! What Is Styrofoam? Styrofoam, identified by the plastic #6 symbol, is a trademarked brand name for expanded polystyrene (EPS), a plastic material frequently used to create a variety of consumer products. Styrofoam is a preferred material in the packaging and food industries because it is lightweight (95% air!), has insulation properties that keep food and drinks hot or cold, and is durable enough to protect items during shipping. In practice, Styrofoam is most often used for coffee cups, home insulation, packing materials, carry-out cartons, and egg cartons. Although Styrofoam is known to be cost-effective, it is very difficult and costly to recycle. Most recycling facilities are unable to process EPS because, unlike other plastics, it is bulky and often contaminated. Its brittle form means it easily breaks into tiny pieces and disperses, an additional complexity for recyclers.

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