Sullivan, John M.
Kmiotek, Stephen J.
Estimates show that the United States recycles less than 10% of plastic waste. In an effort to improve this situation, the group developed and tested a prototype to recycle expanded polystyrene - a form of plastic that has exorbitant shipping costs due to its high volume-to- weight ratio. Our prototype design reduces shipping costs by two orders of magnitude, enabling small municipalities to recycle with minimal investment. Cost estimates for a local compaction facility and transport to a state-wide recycling facility are less than the current land-fill expenses for small municipalities.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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