What To Do With That Awful Styrofoam

At Cedar House Inn we recycle everything we can to reduce the trash we take to the landfill and to help the environment and reduce our impact on the Earth.  Recycling styrofoam is a challenge. For years we have been mindful to purchase items with limited packaging or in containers that can be recycled or composted (for example choose glass, 1 &2 plastics).

Unfortunately styrofoam sometimes appears with something we have ordered online (those darn packing peanuts) or guests leave us coffee cups or fast food take out containers in the trashcan that cannot be recycled. Styrofoam in the landfill can last for many years and never decomposes.

Fortunately you can now take styrofoam egg cartons and meat trays to Publix for recycling.

Now there is a solution I recently found. Unfortunately it is not available in our area. The process is called Styrosolve and involves crushing the used styrofoam into small pieces to be mixed with a recycled solvent that breaks down the styrofoam into polystyrene. The polystyrene is then sold to companies to make cell phones and television cabinets for example. What a great idea!

The company that has created this product is Blue Earth Solutions Inc. in Florida. They are a publicly owned company that will sell the technology to recyclers and municipalities through the country. Imagine making money recycling all of that styrofoam that now sits in the landfill for thousands of years.

In conclusion it would be great if we would all opt out from using styrofoam that cannot be recycled. Don’t request that your restaurant leftovers be saved in a styrofoam container. Use reusable coffee mugs. Purchase meat/chicken/etc and take the containers back to Publix. Get your egg cartons in paper or plastic and recycle them. By opting out the product that does not decompose will not sit in the landfill for thousands of years.

For more information on our green efforts visit our green page