By Nina Wu
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Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii undertook a project diverting Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam otherwise known as Styrofoam (the common brand name ) from trash dumpsters at Turtle Bay Resort earlier this month. Instead of the landfill, these pieces of EPS were sent to Pacific Allied Products to recycle into surfboard blanks.
It's actually part of the "Waste to Waves" project by Sustainable Surf which is gaining momentum in California, which has a number of surf shops that offer EPS dropoff sites.
You'll find a lot of this EPS in packaging say, when you buy electronic equipment.
The non-profit group hopes to undertake the Styrofoam-diverting projects again, which turned into a weekend of camping in exchange for beach cleaning and trash sorting. Check out their video. If you're interested in volunteering for the next "Waste to Waves" project, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.