Recycling Styrofoam

Styrofoam, or polystyrene, is a plastic that’s all around us, and is very hard to recycle.  Most programs just won’t take it.  This petroleum-derived material is also responsible for a significant amount of benzene production, takes a long time to break down, is highly flammable, and can kill animals which accidentally eat it.  For some of us, it’s surprising that this substance is still used in so many different sectors, including food packaging.

Some products are made from polystyrene, but don’t appear to be, as well.  You can tell by looking for the number six stamped in the recycling triangle somewhere on the item.  Since it’ll probably be a long time before we as a society stop using polystyrene, it’s important to know what to do with it.  After all, while you can avoid buying products that use it, you can’t stop other people from shipping you items with polystyrene “peanuts” or other filler.