I know that this is strange but ------
How do you get rid of those big blocks of styrofoam that protect things in boxes?
We got a coffee maker, steps for the truck, a small air compressor, and new lamp over the last few weeks.
It is easy to fold up the boxes but the blocks take up a lot of room even when I try to break them into pieces.
Other than putting them in the back of the pickup and driving down RT 95 at into Mass at 75 mph what can I do to get rid of them?
Cut them up and use for packing material when you sell/ship something. Put in the trash or recycling.
Burn them. Rich black smoke will be produced.
Some folks dissolve the styrofoam with acetone. This gets all the air out and you end up with a bucket of gooey plastic. You can pour the plastic into molds and let it dry outside (can take days), then dispose of the (now much smaller) plastic blocks.
Some of that stuff dissolves in water Fred. Well, not exactly completely, but I believe it is "puffed up" cornstarch, and if you put it in a big bucket of water, it's volume will decrease significantly - think composting that pile of leaves.
Not all is though - experiment with a small piece--
Yes, I realize you did write "styrofoam"...and no, not the same result. (But it does melt nicely - with judicious heat!)
(Message edited by adave on January 07, 2017)
Taking Mark Strange's idea one step further, I have a friend that used the liquid goo to "paint" a coating on the deck of his open car trailer.
Works great !!!
Gift wrap it and set it on your neighbors porch late at night.
MY neighbor would probably re-wrap it and put it back on MY porch the next night.... We have fun 're-cycling' birthday cards with friends - cross out the last name, then sign & mail! (The additions add to the intrigue and fun.) Pompous snobs don't participate.
I have a neighborhood business that packs and ships for both persons
and businesses. They happily take all the lightweight packing material
I can bring them. I occasionally use their services and they offer to do
what I need for free as payback.
Marv...we do that with Christmas cards to select friends with a sense of humor. Been doing it for years. Lots of fun.
I use it for packing when I ship a item on eBay. Tim
Put the foam back in the box it came in and place by the curb for trash pick-up.
Some of the small towns up here do not offer that service.
Throw them in the attic or above the shop ceiling for more insulation.
Oh, didn't know that.
Repacking material but now I run my companies recycling operations I can just take it to work
Put it out by the street with a sign "FOR SALE $20 dollars" someone is sure to steal it if they think it is worth something. Jim
If you have a UPS store near you or a Kinko's FEDEX store or even an antique store who puts stuff up on ebay, these types of business' will often gladly take such packing materials. I try to reuse all packing materials but generally only use foam in packages I send to dealers since they will recycle it again. For things shipped directly to end users I try to use shredded paper or other packaging that can be disposed of easily by fire or garbage pickup and won't hurt to end up in a land fill. Now my newest product being a Model T driveshaft has presented a package challenge since my first obligation is to get the thing to the end user in good shape.
Mix with gasoline to produce a poor mans napalm drop down a mine shaft and ignite.