Tuesday, August 16, 2022

    Styrofoam is hard to recycle

    Styrofoam is hard to recycle

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    Polystyrene foam oozes out of a machine

    • Styrofoam and polystyrene foam are hard to recycle because they are mostly air.
    • The materials make up one-third of landfill waste, and we make 15 million metric tons of foam every year. 
    • One company in Mexico converts the foam into pellets, which can be turned into products like photo frames. 

    EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this video incorrectly stated that Styrofoam is a brand owned by The Dow Chemical Company. In fact, DuPont de Nemours Inc. took over the trademark in 2019. The video also misidentified products as being made of Styrofoam, when in fact they are expanded polystyrene foam. We apologize for the errors.

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