Landfill clearance

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Courtesy of RecycleTech, Corp.

Selling 8,000 pieces of furniture each day means the folks at Raymour & Flanigan Furniture have to contend with packaging for 8,000 pieces of furniture each day.

And that's a whole lot of cardboard, plastic and polystyrene. But the Liverpool, N.Y.-based retailer has been aggressively tackling its waste streams in recent years and just added a new program to handle the large amount of polystyrene generated by sales at 72 stores in six states.

Polystyrene, commonly called by the trademarked name Styro-foam, is a wonderful way to protect goods during shipment.

Disposal of the material, however, can prove to be challenging after the boxes have been unpacked.

But not for the furniture retailer, which has installed new lines at recycling sites in Liverpool and Gibbstown, N.J., to melt and extrude the material into more manageable 50-pound ingots.

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