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Making Compost via Styrene Box

Post  yslow on 10/18/2015, 10:27 am

Hi,
   Anyone uses Styrene Box to make compost? Is it toxic?
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Re: Making Compost via Styrene Box

Post  yolos on 10/18/2015, 11:24 am

yslow wrote:Hi,
   Anyone uses Styrene Box to make compost? Is it toxic?

Here are some articles relating to styrene.  My interpretation is that the polystyrene containers are fairly safe but styrene itself is not so safe.


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http://plasticfoodservicefacts.com/main/Safety/National-Toxicology-Program

http://ntpsearch.niehs.nih.gov/texis/search/?query=styrene&pr=ntp_web_entire_site_all&mu=Entire+NTP+Site


http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/roc/content/profiles/styrene.pdf
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Post  yslow on 10/18/2015, 11:31 am

Thanks. Looks like it is safe as i'm using those discarded polystyrene containers that hold the veggies.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/22/2015, 7:55 am

Just a note here on recycling #s.  If the number inside the recycle symbol is a 1, 4, or 5, it's safe for food items.  The #2 is usable, but I wouldn't use it long-term.

If you see other numbers, do not use them for planting, storing, etc. as they leach chemicals you may not want....
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