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Re: [greenyes] Any legitimate styrofoam recycling programs still out there?


Bette--

Just curious...has Publix, the "central collection agency" or anyone associated with the program done a life cycle analysis to determine the net environmental benefit of shipping this light weight payload 1800 miles across the continent?

Is the claim from the Minn facility that the PROCESS is non-toxic, or that there are no releases of toxic styrene from the recovered product? If so, this is puzzling, given the ample evidence of styrene migration from foam cups into the beverages which they contain.

FOI, what is the name of the Minnesota facility??






Pete Pasterz, Manager
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Michigan State University
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Chair, College and University Recycling Council
National Recycling Coalition

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>>> Bette Danse <bettdanse@no.address> 03/14/04 09:34PM >>>
The Publix grocery store chain here in Florida has a styrofoam bin in the front of their stores. The styrofoam containers go to a central collection agency that ships it to Minnesota where the styrofoam is melted down in a nontoxic fashion to form recycled peanuts for packaging.

Justin Stockdale <jstockdale@no.address> wrote:
Indeed there are. A firm recently opened a plant in Albuquerque, NM which
blends Styrofoam and concrete to create a life size Lego block for
construction. I do not know what limitations they have regarding food
contamination, but surely there is an issue.
The company is Rastra Inc.
Justin
----- Original Message -----
From: "Blair Pollock"
To:
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2004 2:52 PM
Subject: [greenyes] Any legitimate styrofoam recycling programs still out
there?


Once upon a time, there were some styrofoam recycling programs. Are there
any more?

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