October 2015 Posts

Why Recycling Polystyrene Foam is the Future

Foam Bans Won’t Work. Recycling Foam Will!

Foam products provide thousands of jobs directly and indirectly through value chain involved in their manufacturing. Polystyrene is usually manufactured from Styrene, a petroleum byproduct. Bio-chemical research indicates that approximately 5% of a foam product is manufactured from polystyrene, and the remainder being pure air. In order to recycle these products, they must be thoroughly cleaned before they can be processed. This is a resource intensive process that involves both time and money.

Polystyrene is very light and it is only responsible for 0.01 percent of the entire municipal solid waste stream by weight. However, the main problem with polystyrene is its volume and not the weight. This product consumes a lot of space in landfills and to make matters worse it does not biodegrade. The product is also very expensive to recycle afresh.

There have been several attempts for Polystyrene to be banned. However, polystyrene is still beneficial in one way or another. New York had their foam ban overturned and other cities contemplating a ban, like a Mississippi foam ban, have abandoned efforts to follow through.

Foam should be recycled because it lowers packaging costs on most businesses. Foam also provides versatility, and immediately the product has been recycled into small pellets, it becomes possible for businesses to use it for different purposes including insulation that directly conserves energy. It can also be used as building materials whereby recently polystyrene has been used to construct fencing poles, a good alternative compared to using steel or cutting down trees.

School districts in the south are already using recycled foam because foam trays are a cheaper alternative compared to popular alternatives, and the saved resources can be invested in crucial learning areas such as upgrading the library, or installing a more state of the art IT system.

In addition, since businesses such as restaurants and grocery stores rely on foam products, recycled polystyrene can be used to lower operating costs. These restaurants and grocery stores must always hygienically pack their foodstuff because every meal ordered means a foam product must be used in one way or another.

Foam is cost effective compared to other packaging materials available in the market. The product is two to three times cheaper and foam also acts as a superb insulator compared to other more expensive packaging materials.

It is therefore prudent that local authorities should find ways of encouraging polystyrene recycling rather than imposing a total ban on the products.

Recycling Polystyrene

  • There are various drop-off sites in Southeastern USA and if you are unsure of your nearest location you can consult with Earth911.com. It is advisable to call local sites before embarking on any deliveries so that you can acquaint yourself with the recycler’s terms and conditions prior to the process.
  • It is also possible to procure the services of a mail back program to return the foam product to the original manufacturer who will do the recycling on your behalf
  • The products can also be donated to logistic companies who are ready to reuse the materials when doing the shipping

Polystyrene conservation initiative starts with you and me, and this is why we the product users must prove to the government that we can responsibly take care of it by following sound disposal process.

Signs You Need to Visit the Dermatologist

Americans spend billions each year on their skin. Whether it is over-the-counter acne treatments or the latest wrinkle cream, we want to do everything we can to look our best. There are times when over-the-counter treatments are not enough. The following are signs that you should seek help from a professional dermatologist.

Abnormal Moles:

A new or changing mole could be a sign of skin cancer. You should consult Herb Allen, MD immediately if you have a mole with the following characteristics:

• The mole is asymmetrical.
• A mole has irregular or ragged borders.
• You have a mole that is not uniform in color.
• Your mole is larger than a pencil eraser.
• You have a mole that changes in appearance in any way or becomes irritated.

Cystic Acne:

Even though acne is associated with teenagers, it can affect people of any age. Many women with normally clear skin can experience breakouts due to hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause. In some cases, the acne does not respond to OTC treatments or can turn into cysts beneath the skin’s surface. A dermatologist can offer prescription medications or suggest home remedies to reduce scarring and prevent further breakouts.

Excessive Sweating:

Some perspiration is completely normal. However, perfuse sweating can lead to embarrassing body odor issues. Excessive sweating is known as hyperhidrosis. The condition can be a symptom of a number of different medical conditions including thyroid issues or diabetes. A dermatologist can help you identify the cause and suggest proper treatment.

Unsightly Scars:

Most scars fade with time or respond well to over-the-counter fade creams. Deeper scars from surgery or serious trauma may become raised and very thick. This kind of scarring, known as keloid scarring, is very common among individuals with olive or dark skin complexions. A dermatologist can suggest laser and other types of treatment designed to minimize the appearance of scars.

Sun Sensitivity:

You should see a dermatologist if you notice that your skin is suddenly more sensitive to the sun than normal. Increased sensitivity to sun exposure, accompanied by fatigue and muscle aches, may be symptoms of systemic lupus, which requires ongoing medical attention. A dermatologist can order tests to determine if your condition is due to lupus or another health condition.

A dermatologist can help you keep your skin looking its best and help you determine if a minor skin issue is really a symptom of something more serious.