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Recycooler vs. Polystyrene

Problems With Polystyrene

Polystyrene has many drawbacks. Here are a few of them. For most Products these drawbacks outweigh the benefits.

Used primarily for disposable items, polystyrene introduces much waste to the environment after a very brief use-life. A good rule of thumb is that a material's life should not greatly exceed the use-life of products made from it (with the exception of certain single-use medical supplies and other vital items), especially for trivial or convenient purposes.

As a foam, polystyrene contains a great deal of air, making it both bulky and buoyant. This causes problems in the Earth's hydrosphere as animals swallow or choke on it, then die.

What Exactly is Pollution

Pollution means any contamination of air, soil, water and environment. It affects our health via chemicals and disease. Examples:

Air pollution:

  The harmful gases and particles released into the air from the smoke of burning fuel. Water pollution:
The water from our homes and businesses running into rivers and oceans.

Land pollution:

Landfills, plastic, polystyrene. Our trash that will outlive us.

What materials are recyclable?

Plastics - Plastics are numbered 1-7. This number appears inside a recycle sign. The different numbers indicate a different kind of plastic. Depending on the recycling center nearest you, some or all of these plastics are recyclable.

Metal - Aluminum, Steel, and Tin. These are the one of the most environmental and economical items to recycle because they can be remade with a significantly lower amount of energy and resources.

Glass  - Usually food and beverage containing items are accepts. Some facilities accept drinking glasses, window panes etc.

Paper  - This can be divided into office paper, mixed paper, and newspaper. These are often separated because they can be used for different things after processing.

Cardboard - Corrugated cardboard and flat cardboard are both accepted.

There are many other kinds of materials that are recyclable in a different way. These products are broken down and made into new products of similar structure. If you would like to recycle a computer or cell phone, there are also places to do that. See the FAQs below for 'non traditional' things to recycle.

Why should I recycle?

The reasons to recycle are almost endless. As a general answer, recycling keeps waste out of landfills and saves energy and many kinds of resources from being wasted.

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