How Do I Recycle Polystyrene?

Polystyrene, also known as Styrofoam, is a lightweight and versatile type of plastic used in a wide range of applications, from packaging to insulation. However, the disposal of polystyrene waste poses a significant environmental challenge due to its non-biodegradable nature and high costs of disposal. Polystyrene is 98% air, taking up lots of space for very little weight. To tackle this issue, polystyrene compactors have become increasingly popular as a solution for reducing the volume of polystyrene waste and facilitating its recycling.

Typical users are:

  • Domestic appliance manufacturers and retailers
  • Furniture manufacturers and retailers
  • Laboratories
  • Fish processors
  • Demolition companies taking down old cold stores
  • Housebuilders using high density polystyrene as insulation on buildings
  • Theatre and film production companies using polystyrene to make film sets
  • Concrete manufacturers using polystyrene moulds to shape concrete

Polystyrene compactors shred and compress polystyrene waste into dense blocks, reducing its volume by up to 98%. The compacted polystyrene blocks can then be easily transported for recycling, minimizing the space required for storage and transportation. Polystyrene compactors are available in a range of sizes, from small, portable units suitable for small businesses such as the BDL SP200 to larger, industrial-grade machines for large-scale operations (BDL CP250 and CP370).

CP250 Polystyrene Compactor

Polystyrene compactors also contribute to environmental sustainability. By reducing the volume of polystyrene waste, they help to conserve landfill space and reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Moreover, compacted polystyrene blocks can be easily recycled and command a high rebate value from anywhere between £600-900 per tonne that can be used to offset the cost of the equipment.

By investing in a polystyrene compactor, businesses can not only reduce their waste disposal costs but also contribute to environmental sustainability and create a revenue stream from their waste products. As the demand for sustainable waste management solutions continues to grow, polystyrene compactors are likely to become even more popular and widely used in the future.

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