The Clark County Recycling Center has used a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to buy and install a machine that processes polystyrene foam, better known as Styrofoam.
The recycling center bought the machine for $40,000—$30,000 of which was paid for via the Ohio EPA grant. The machine grinds the foam into tiny pieces, which are then heated and pushed through a tube. According to a Springfield News-Sun report, the device can accept packaging from TVs, appliances, computers and furniture; it cannot accept packaging peanuts, food packaging or materials with colored polystyrene.
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The Clark County Recycling Center has used a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to install a new machine that breaks down Styrofoam.
The foam densifying machine was purchased for $40,000. with $30,000 being paid for through the grant from the Ohio EPA. The county paid the remaining $10,000. The machine works by grinding up styrofoam using “teeth-like” gears, Recycling Facility Manager John Haughey said.