- 500 years to degrade?
- Makes up 30% of the landfills worldwide?
- Releases 90 hazardous chemicals in our environment when burned?
Polystyrene, commonly referred to as Styrofoam, is a petroleum-based plastic. Cheap and lightweight, it’s been a popular packaging material for years. Though it’s been proven to have harmful effects on our environment as well as our personal health, the production of this material hasn’t been halted. Clearly, we do have a polystyrene problem.
Thanks to a few recycling geniuses, Styrofoam can now be broken down and reused to give life to other products in a sustainable way. To see how this is possible, watch this video
It was recently announced that Burnaby residents will be able to drop off Styrofoam to be recycled starting December 1st. This pilot project aims to help Burnaby achieve their regional goal of diverting 70% of waste from the landfill.
If you’re not from Burnaby, there’s no need to panic, as HSR Services has been accepting Styrofoam since August. For a nominal fee of $3.00 per garbage bag, we will happily take this off your hands. We just ask it is clean, white, and without tape or labels.