What do you do with the packaging?
We are finishing up our home remodel, a very exciting time.
The frustrating part is all the packaging materials. It seems everyday we have a new pile to get rid of. I can manage the cardboard, but what do you do with all the styrofoam? Those tiny bits that break off seem to have a mind of their own. They attach themselves to everything, Watch out if there is a breeze. They love to fly around the neighborhood.
I want to be a good human and recycle. Up until now there wasn't a solution.
Styrofoam was trademarked by the Dow Chemical Company for extruded polystyrene that’s used in thermal insulation and craft applications. EPS for short. Here are some objections for using it.
.It doesn't seem like we are going to get rid of this packaging nightmare anytime soon. So how do we deal with it?
There is good news! The amazing group of "Heal the Ocean" has teamed up with MarBorg Industries to divert styrofoam from going into our County landfill at Tajiguas. According to an article in the Santa Barbara Independent "Borgatello said if there’s sufficient public response, his company would invest in a compacting machine that reduces the foam into blocks that can be sold and re-used to make a host of products. But that, he said, would require 10,000-20,000 pounds a month."
“It’s a necessary evil,” said Hilary Hauser of Heal the Ocean, who helped spark the project. “It seems people can’t live without it.” By finding commercially attractive uses, it’s her hope to keep as much of it out of the landfill as possible. Some of the pieces turned in thus far, she said, were “as big as the State of Indiana.”
You can drop off your styrofoam FOR FREE at these locations
In Goleta at 20 David Love Place
In Santa Barbara at 132 Nopalitos Way
Of special interest is foam used for packaging big screen TV's, and construction materials. It has to be clean of tape and mud.
Let's all make the extra effort to bring our styrofoam to the recycling centers. If we all do our part we can make the world a better place.
Pamela-Real Estate Romantic