Energy Recovery

Waste-to-Energy Recovery

Waste-to-energy combustion reduces the volume of waste and uses the resulting heat to generate steam and electricity. Derived primarily from oil and natural gas, polystyrene produces significant amounts of heat energy when burned, helping to more completely burn other waste.

Landfilling

While recycling and reuse continue to grow in popularity, most of the waste in this country still goes to landfills. People assume the waste inside a landfill biodegrades. But the fact is that very little - not paper, not polystyrene, not even food waste - degrades in a meaningful way.

 Preventing Litter

The polystyrene industry cares about the environment. A widely held misconception is that litter is a problem caused by specific materials themselves rather than aberrant consumer behavior. The reality is that some people improperly dispose of materials by littering. Littering is a matter of behavior; people who discard materials into the environment usually do so because they don't think or don't care. Attributing the litter issue to one particular packaging material does not solve the problem because another type of packaging will take its place as litter unless behavior changes. To address concerns effectively, the polystyrene industry supports organizations such as Keep America Beautiful, that work to prevent litter across the country.

 

Waste-to-Energy Recovery

Waste-to-energy combustion reduces the volume of waste and uses the resulting heat to generate steam and electricity. Derived primarily from oil and natural gas, polystyrene produces significant amounts of heat energy when burned, helping to more completely burn other waste.

 

 

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