Hello, the information below is from an e-mail I sent to a university
e-mail list about a year ago. While some of the details may not be exact
anymore, most of it still applies:
"In California, there is a company that will provide a large densifier and
labor to large (minimum of 2,400 lbs. per day) generators of expanded
polystyrene for the right to pick up the material, however I believe this
amount is much more than a university will generate on a regular basis. By
contacting the company, you could find out if they've already got a
densifier in your area you could use (I know they have 2 in Oregon). You
might also identify a business park or other generator in the area who could
benefit from this arrangement and hook them up with the company. When you
do have a supply of polystyrene packing from a computer shipment or other
non-food grade source, you would only need to transport it to that location.
Another option is for the campus to serve as the hub and have materials
delivered there from local businesses.
There is a janitorial service company in Roseville, California that manages
such a program for a electronics oriented business park. It saves them a
lot on disposal costs, and since they service several companies, marketing
of all materials is more profitable.
Computer and electronics industry manufacturers typically generate large
amounts of polystyrene packaging. Any other manufacturer that receives
delicate equipment for assembly into a larger product will also most likely
generate a significant amount, depending on the volume of their business and
the size of their product components.
Below is more specific information on the company.
Timbron International runs a manufacturing facility in Stockton which makes
molding and other wood-like alternatives from post-industrial polystyrene.
Timbron is actively looking for locations anywhere in the U.S. to place
densifiers free-of-charge to the host if the host supplies 2,400 lbs. per
day or 600,00 lbs. per year of clean, white, dry, non-food grade
polystyrene. Transportation costs are dramatically reduced by densifying
the material first, so Timbron furnishes the densifier, including
installation, continued maintenance, and reimbursement for labor at 4 cents
a densified pound to operate the machine. Timbron also will arrange and pay
for shipping the densified product. The host is responsible for electricity
to the machine, averaging an estimated $1.75 per operating hour, a forklift
limited to loading the pallets of densified material into a Timbron on-site
trailer, and recycled pallets. Timbron is looking for locations where a
minimum of 2,400 lbs. per day polystyrene is available to keep the densifier
in full operation for an 8 hour period.
Prime locations for a densifier are large computer parts manufacturing
companies, clean MRFs, or any location where a large amount of clean
expanded polystyrene is available. For further information contact Barbara
Datwyler, Timbron International at (209) 983-8393 or Fred Mills, the
president of the company at Fred@timbron.com."
Hope this helps!
Terry S. Brennan
Integrated Waste Management Specialist
California Integrated Waste Management Board
The information provided here does not constitute an endorsement of any
particular business by the California Integrated Waste Management Board or
the State of California.
From: Bill Sheehan [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2000 1:29 PM
To: multiple recipients of
Subject: [GRRN] Fw: Styrofoam packing material
----- Original Message -----
From: Barbara Kissee' <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2000 8:20 AM
Subject: Styrofoam packing material
We have a large quantity of Styrofoam packing material that we are trying to
find a way to recycle. It is a preformed product that we can find no one to
use. Can you help?
We are in Idaho - 7 shipping containers full. It is an EPS product if that
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