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Baggs Sun 04-Feb-18 14:01:02

Today I took two boxes in which computer equipment had arrived to the dump. A worker at the dump saw me about to take the polystyrene padding out of the boxes so that the cardboard could go in the cardboard recycling area and the polystyrene somewhere else. He said to leave the polystyrene in the boxes and put them both in the area marked "landfill" because if polystyrene is exposed it gets broken up and ends up everywhere, like "in the trees".

A large plastic demijohn and a plastic bottle airer from my wine-making days also had to go in landfill rather than being recycled. Our municipal dump doesn't seem to have a plastic recycling part.

Seems we still have a way to go regarding recycling as much as possible.

kittylester Sun 04-Feb-18 14:11:27

I use broken polystyrene as crocks in plant pots - makes them quite a bit lighter.

Sorry Baggs, not your point I know but one way of recycling polstyrene.

Fennel Sun 04-Feb-18 14:12:20

Horrible stuff! And it's so bulky, must be 90% air. Surely someone could invent a packaging material which can be recycled?
We have to separate the cardboard which is recycled. - goodness knows where the polystyrene ends up. I thought it was burnt, but that would cause pollution.

M0nica Sun 04-Feb-18 14:25:34

A number of companies use foam chads made from cornflour, like the compostable plastic bags. these can go on the compost heap or melt in water and can be washed down the sink.

M0nica Sun 04-Feb-18 14:30:39

I should also add that my new laptop came in a cardboard box with the shapes that held it secure made from moulded waste paper pulp. Once I had unpacked the equipment and checked it was working I put the waste paper pulp shapes on the compost heap.

Elegran Sun 04-Feb-18 14:35:55

When I ran a playgroup for 2-5 year olds, we kept a heap of the big polystyrene pieces that are packed around white goods. The children would build houses with them, complete with windows. If the houses fell down, or someone used a piece as a weapon, no-one got hurt. Soon after this, toy-shops began to stock cubes and other shapes of foam covered with PVC, at extortionate prices, but our polystyrene was free!