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Compacting styrofoam

I found a simple way to deal with styrofoam onboard. I just put it in a litre jar, add a spoonful or two of laquer thinner and put the lid on. The foam dissolves, and after six months of use ,the jar is half full of gooey plastic. Occasionally I have to add more thinner. If I leave the lid off for a few days, the thinner evaporates, leaving a hard lump of styrene plastic, which can be easily disposed of. Gasoline also works , but is slightly slower.
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That is an interesting way of disposing of styrofoam...Add a spark and it will burn long and hot for awhile! Sounds like a dangerous solution.
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Re: Compacting styrofoam

We used to make "napalm" that way as kids.



Never through it would have a practical purpose. I'd probably do it outside though, IIRC there's some pretty nasty chemicals released when you dissolve it.
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Re: Compacting styrofoam

Why waste your solvents?

Put the foam in a mesh bag, add a weight, lower it down 100-150' on a line. The water pressure will compact it nicely. The deeper you lower it, the more it will be compacted. Instantly, no need to wait a week, no solvents required.
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Re: Compacting styrofoam

Here in Naniamo most plastics including styrofoam are recyclable .If not in your neck'of 'woods complain to local officials for greener atitudes. All plastics can now be made into liquid fuel with a new pressure and heat distillation process.Just a matter of scale and we can harvest the Pacific gyre. .
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Re: Compacting styrofoam

Takes seconds for laquer thinner to dissolve it, minutes for gasoline. Then, when the jar is full, leave the lid off and lit evaporate. It doesn't make thinner or gas any more dangerous than it was originally.
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Re: Compacting styrofoam

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Here in Naniamo most plastics including styrofoam are recyclable .If not in your neck'of 'woods complain to local officials for greener atitudes. All plastics can now be made into liquid fuel with a new pressure and heat distillation process.Just a matter of scale and we can harvest the Pacific gyre. .

interesting you mentioned that, my brother in law has a company that turns plastics into fuel
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