Styrofoam 14 million metric tons annually 98% goes to landfill 70% goes to landfill within 12 months of use Takes up 25-30% of all landfill space 98% air and only 2% plastic and does not degrade Japan, Korea and Europe recycle as much as 60% of eps (styrofoam)
RecycleTech buys back extruded plastic at.20 to.22 lb. Will also pick up 35,000lb loads at no charge.
Plastic can be extracted from the d-limonene and pelletized for reuse as a raw material Can be used to make glue This article describing the process can be viewed at http://sysdoc.doors.ch/S ONYERICSSON/11/cxeye. pdf http://sysdoc.doors.ch/S ONYERICSSON/11/cxeye. pdf
I see an opportunity for Sturgis to become a regional styrofoam recycling center which would: Benefit the environment Create jobs Administrative, marketing of the service, collection, processing and sales of finished product Could be a resource for local companies that produce plastic products Might act as a template/franchise opportunity for other communities interested in creating employment while helping the environment.
Further research to discover most viable, cost effective solutions Development of sound business plan In depth analysis of projected startup and operating cost for the first 2 years Explore available funding/partnership resources Meet with community leaders and business owners for further guidance and support