Eases Of Disposal According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the publication "Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States Facts and Figures for 2003," less than one percent (about 0.6 percent) of solid waste disposed of in the U.S. is polystyrene packaging - including both food service packaging (cups, plates, bowls, trays, clamshells, meat trays, egg cartons, yogurt and cottage cheese containers, and cutlery) and protective packaging (shaped end pieces used to ship electronic goods and loose fill "peanuts").
Source reduction means less waste in the first place. Most source reduction occurs as part of the manufacturing process. A 1999 study conducted by Franklin Associates showed that overall, polystyrene packaging products have been source reduced nine percent since 1974 - this means that nine percent less polystyrene was used to manufacture the same quantity of finished goods.
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