The Tillamook County Solid Waste Department received notification today from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that their grant submittal for the procurement of a mobile Expanded Polystyrene (EPS, commonly known as “Styrofoam”) Densifier has been approved. The densifier is a special piece of equipment that can compact the air out of Styrofoam.
Tillamook County Solid Waste Program Manager David McCall said, “This is a significant step in our efforts to provide convenient, efficient, quality recycling services to the residents of Tillamook County. Styrofoam is a problematic material, mainly because it is about 98 percent air but takes hundreds of years to break down in a landfill. Thanks to this grant, we will be able to collect Styrofoam locally, and process it into a form that enables us to ship it in compacted form to companies which can use this material when manufacturing items like picture frames, coat hangers, or even wall molding.”
McCall hopes to be able to begin collecting Styrofoam at collection points in Tillamook, Clatsop, and even Lincoln Counties by Summer. Stay tuned for updates in the near future
For more details about the Tillamook County results or recycling in general, please contact the Tillamook County Solid Waste Department at www.co.tillamook.or.us/gov/SolidWaste or call 503-815-3975.