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    Effects of Removing Styrofoam

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    Can you discuss the positive impact of removing styrofoam from the environment on a local level (ie. positive effect on my neighborhood)? and then the positive affects nationally and globally? Are their any negative effects?

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    The widespread use of polystyrene has raised considerable concern in the past decade or so as there are associated health risks with longterm use. Polystyrene is found in disposable coffee cups, soup bowls, salad boxes, foam egg cartons, produce and meat trays, disposable utensils, packing "peanuts" , foam inserts that cushion new appliances and electronics, television and computer cabinets and compact disc "jewel boxes" and audio cassette cases (see http://www.grinningplanet.com/2005/11-01/styrofoam-cups-article.htm ).

    Polystyrene is derived from petroleum, which is a non-renewable, polluting resource (see http://www.earthresource.org/campaigns/capp/capp-styrofoam.html). The styrofoam form (which is technically the trade name given to a polystyrene foam product used for housing insulation, but we will use it here in the widely used sense) gets its properties from a blowing agent, which prior to 1988 were CFCs, so this was what the main environmental concern with using styrofoam until the ban of CFCs at this time. ...

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    The effects of styrofoam are explored.