Is styrofoam dangerous?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Michael Schade, PVC Campaign Coordinator with the Center for Health, Environment and Justice discusses if styrofoam is dangerous.

    Host: Is styrofoam dangerous?

    Michael Schade: So polystyrene is a commonly used plastic and it's also used to make styrofoam, it's extremely toxic to make and there is no way to recycle it. The basic building block chemicals of polystyrene such as styrene for example, are chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other very serious health problems, very hazardous to manufacture -- making polystyrene and styrofoam, one of the most toxic plastics for our health and environment.

    Additionally, we are also concerned because styrofoam, when polystyrene is made used to make styrofoam there is really no safe way to dispose off it and it basically, clogs up and builds up in our landfills for decades. It doesn't decompose, it just builds up there, scarring world communities where our landfills are typically located. Making polystyrene and styrofoam, one of the main plastics that we recommend parents and consumers to avoid.