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Despite being made 95 percent of air, Styrofoam's manufactured immortality has posed a problem for recycling efforts. More than 3 million tons of the durable material is produced every year in the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Very little of it is recycled.
Help may come from bacteria that have been found to eat Styrofoam and turn it into useable plastic. This is the stuff recycling dreams are made of: Yesterday's cup could become tomorrow's plastic spoon.
Kevin O’Connor of University College Dublin and his colleagues heated polystyrene foam, the generic name for Styrofoam, to convert it to styrene oil. The natural form of styrene is in real peanuts, strawberries and a good steak. A synthetic form is used in car parts and electronic components.
All garbage will just go straight to the reprocessing centers.
Originally posted by Sugarlump
Considering the ever escalating amounts of plastic involved in our lives...
while not a perfect solution, it's a dang good one frosty. Imagine buying an energy star monitor whose casing was made out of 80% recycled material. Anything to give continued life to our current 10 year throw away culture saves us from having to destroy or maul that much more landscape.