Plastic #6 is also known as polystyrene (PS) or « foam ». It can be recycled in various ways and for many reasons.
Recycle #6 to:
1. Reduce Solid Waste
Recycling foam #6 reduces the amount of solid waste that goes to our landfills and incinerators. Even though foam makes up less than 1% of municipal solid waste based on both weight and volume, every bit counts.
2. Decrease Our Dependency On Virgin Resources
Recycling foam reduces our dependency on virgin resources and conserves them for future generations. Plus, when you use recycled foam #6 cups instead of alternative materials, you conserve additional natural resources such as timber and water.
3. Prevent Pollution
Recycling reduces the amount of material that ends in our environment and helps to extend the product life cycle. The air quality is thus improved.
4. Save Energy
#6 recycling allows us to save energy that would otherwise be expended on manufacturing new products. Even more, when used for your house insulation, polystyrene allows you to save energy, which reduces your heating and air conditioning costs.
5. Protect the Atmosphere
Recycling reduces the amount of energy and materials used to manufacture new products. Thus, the impact of greenhouse gas on climate change is greatly reduced.
6. Supporting Sustainable Development
Many citizens look to their cities and municipalities to support sustainable development by offering recycling programs. Cities that recycle plastic # 6 demonstrate social responsibility and set good examples. Check with your city to see if polystyrene is accepted in the blue bin or at an eco-center.
Polyform and Sustainable Development
For its part, Polyform has included a collecting and recycling logistic department. The company has the technology to transform all expanded polystyrene and polypropylene wastes. The recycled material is reused for manufacturing various expanded plastic products and is also reworked for manufacturing rigid plastic parts going in insulated concrete forms (ICF). The rest of reprocessed material goes back on the market as raw material.