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Recycled polystyrene, polyethylene, & polypropylene foam prices climb

graph upPrices for virgin polystyrene, polyethylene and polypropylene resins in North American continue to increase.  Prices have increased as much as 20% or more since the beginning of 2010.  There has also been an increase in products made with recycled PE and PP content. These factors are helping to push up the prices for recycled PP and PE foam logs to very attractive levels.  At the recent Plastic Recycling Conference in Austin, TX, we received as many requests from buyers looking for material sources as we did for recycling machinery.  It is a good time to take a new look at your EPS, PE and PP foam wastes.  The return on investment for a foam compactor may be significantly better than a year ago.  We would be happy to assist you in your analysis and put you in touch with material buyers for updated material bids.


Who can I contact for more info on pricing and buyers of condensed EPS?
Posted @ Friday, December 23, 2011 7:48 AM by Robert
Please give your opinion on which compactor is better, screw compactor or grinder melter units.
Posted @ Friday, December 23, 2011 7:52 AM by Robert
Screw compactors compact the foam materials without using heat, which can degrade the polymer. The melting style machines release a strong odor into the air because the plastic is liquified in the high heat. The hot material and components are a safety concern to the operator. In my opinion, screw compactors produce the best product, use the least energy and are the safest machine.
Posted @ Tuesday, December 27, 2011 4:30 PM by Phil Plotts
I would be happy to supply machine pricing and names of potential buyers of the compacted EPS material. Please contact me at: 
Foam Equipment + Consulting Co.  
10725 Indian Head Industrial Blvd.  
St. Louis, Missouri 63132-1101  
Telephone: (314) 427-4395 
Posted @ Tuesday, December 27, 2011 4:32 PM by Phil Plotts
How much do these machines cost and cost to operate. What are the system requirements? Thanks
Posted @ Friday, February 10, 2012 2:46 PM by Marcia St.Clair
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