Knox County Recycling and Litter Prevention recently installed a Styrofoam densifier as part of a grant from the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County. The machine will help recycle packing Styrofoam into logs that can be reused.

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Knox County Recycling and Litter Prevention recently installed a Styrofoam densifier as part of a grant from the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County. The machine will help recycle packing Styrofoam into logs that can be reused. Request this photo

 

MOUNT VERNON — Styrofoam recycling is up and running at Opportunity Knox Employment Center on Coshocton Road.

With the assistance and guidance of Randy Canterbury of Knox County Recycling and Litter Prevention and a $28,650 grant from the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County, Opportunity Knox has obtained a “densifier.” The densifier grinds up the Styrofoam, then extrudes it in densely-packed logs that can be sold to companies which reprocesses the Styrofoam into useful products.

Ohio Means Jobs Supervisor Jill Schlosser said the electrical system had to be upgraded to handle the power demand of the densifier, but the public and businesses can now take their packaging “peanuts” and packaging forms to the Special Projects Shop in back of the Opportunity Knox building.

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Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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