Polystyrene is a hydrocarbon that is used for a wide array of applications: Some examples include food packaging, food trays, and other consumer polystyrene packaging. You may also have EPS packaging which is formed as a white polystyrene foam produced from solid beads. Recycled EPS can be turned into items such as frames and insulation materials.
Petroleum is made into a liquid hydrocarbon called styrene, which is then converted into polystyrene through a chemical process known as suspension polymerization. Thanks to its structure and starting point as oil, polystyrene is incredibly difficult to degrade.
Expanded polystyrene eps is the most common type of polystyrene found on the modern market. This material is widely used to package food and drink goods to keep them safe, adding a robust foam barrier to packaging that is able to keep your goods safe during transport. Polystyrene that hasn’t been expanded is usually found in the form of a clear film that is used to wrap food and other goods.
Polystyrene recycling is incredibly important in the modern world. With so many products using this material, landfills have noticed a steep rise in the use of polystyrene over the last couple of decades. When you reuse and recycle your waste materials, you can save energy and raw materials being used in production. So, what exactly is the problem with polystyrene being left in places like landfills?
Toxicity: When disposed of improperly, polystyrene can leak toxic chemicals into the environment around it. Water and heat can be enough to cause an effect like this, adding to the pollution already found at landfill sites. This can kill plants and animals, and could even impact the water supplies you use.
Lifespan: Polystyrene can last for more than 500 years inside a landfill. With more than 30% of the waste in places like this estimated to be polystyrene, the long life and increasing use of polystyrene could be disastrous without recycling.
Convenient & Cost-Effective: Getting your polystyrene to recycling centers doesn’t have to be a pain. Here at Plastic Expert, our dedicated team works extremely hard to work around our clients, providing cost-effective services at a time convenient to you. If your business generates large amounts of polystyrene waste then you could also hugely benefit from purchasing a plastic baler which can save you time and money. Plastic Expert can collect your bales at a time convenient to you.
Please note that we do not provide recycling services for household waste. Please use your kerbside collections from your local council to dispose of materials.