Sustainability and Styrofoam

For any environmentalist, polystyrene, or Styrofoam, conjures up a sustainability nightmare. It’s ubiquitous in the food service industry, but is often not accepted for recycling.

However, the product has its uses — especially in construction. Using polystyrene instead of backfill — like dirt or gravel — provides the stability needed for construction. As a lightweight material, it doesn’t increase the load on a structure, either. And, the fact that it doesn’t decompose or shift can create the kind of long-term stability a large building like Aztec Student Union needs.

For example, Aztec Student Union incorporated polystyrene into this so-called “dead zone” behind the future Aztec Lanes, and in the area between the San Diego Trolley Station and the project. It keeps things stable and safe, while keeping a weight-bearing load off of below structures, like the underground trolley station.

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About Lorena

I'm a San Diego native and a proud two-time alumna of the San Diego State University School of Journalism and Media Studies. I currently work as the marketing and communications manager for the Associated Students of SDSU.
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1 Response to Sustainability and Styrofoam

  1. bohemianopus says:

    So proud of what you and the Aztec Student Union are doing!

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