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How to Reduce “Waste” Costs and profit by recycling Styrofoam!

  
  
  
  
  
Lion Series Compactor

Reducing foam packaging is an economical way to reduce waste costs. 

Expandable polystyrene and other foam plastics are 98% air making them very bulky in comparison to their weight. The high volume fills dumpsters quickly, leading to higher waste disposal costs.  Foam Compactors reduce the volume of expanded foam products, and in turn, less fees are incurred through reduction.  Also a benefit, compacted foam products can be shipped economically to a recycling location.  Compacting foam plastics can save thousands in unnecessary waste costs!

A benefit to a variety of markets:  manufacturers, furniture stores, appliance stores, food/seafood industry, property management agencies, retail sector, schools and school districts, stadiums/parks, and any expandable plastics recycling program.

EPS and Styrofoam is recyclable

  
  
  
  
  
Heger foam compactor

There is an excellent article posted today on the Plastics Today website pointing out two important facts, EPS packaging is recyclable and EPS packaging is a small component in our landfills and solid waste stream. 

2010 EPS Recycling Report

  
  
  
  
  
Compressed EPS logs

The latest EPS recycling report was just released by the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers (AFPR).  The 2010 report shows a considerable increase in the EPS recycling percentage over the 2008 report, even during a poor economy when less EPS was sold.

How much scrap foam do I have?

  
  
  
  
  
One of the problems many people have when considering a compactor or densifier for scrap foam plastics is how much foam do they really have?  Since packaging foam is very lightweight and can be very bulky, what appears to be a large quantity may not be so much after all.  Typical polystyrene foam packaging and insulation is usually in the density range of 1 to 2 pound per cubic foot.  What this means is if you have a 12 inch x 12 inch x 12 inch cube of solid foam, it would weigh between 1 and 2 pounds.  Since most packaging foam is not used in a solid block form but is molded into relatively thin designs to protect the product, several cubic feet of polystyrene or polyethylene packaging foam may be required to equal a pound of foam.

Here are a few guidelines for estimating the weight of uncompressed EPS or EPE foam pieces.  (This excludes stacked sheet foam and block foam)

Styrofoam Recycling

  
  
  
  
  
EPS foam compactor

There is a misconception that Styrofoam TM (Expandable PolyStyrene or EPS) is not recyclable and that is wrong.  EPS recycling is growing stronger every day.  Styrofoam TM or EPS is the number "6" recycling plastic and it must be reduced or compacted to make it feasible to ship to a plastics recycler.  It has become a coveted raw material for recyclers and they are discovering a wide range of markets for it.  

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