Waste to Waves: Helping to “green” up surf starting with recycled styrofoam

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Life & Soul Magazine

Waste to Waves is encouraging surfers to play their part in helping to create “greener” surfboard materials by recycling waste packaging foam, aka styrofoam, so that it can be turned into eco-friendlier surfboard blanks.

Waste to Waves, an initiative developed by Sustainable Surf, operate drop off points in participating surf shops across Southern and Northern California. Styrofoam is collected in Waste to Waves branded boxes which are then taken to a plant for recycling.

Most recycling centres will not accept styrofoam, or Expanded Polystyrene foam (EPS), so Waste to Waves, alongside their partner Marko Foam are providing an opportunity for those within the Californian locality a chance to stop styrofoam ending up in landfill, turning it into useful products instead.

Waste to Waves partner Marko Foam handle the process of recycling styrofoam into reusable EPS regrind, using a densifier machine to grind up and melt the material, which is then molded into a…

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