One of the problems many people have when considering a foam scrap compactor or densifier is how much waste they have. Foam packaging blocks and colored styrofoam sheets are very lightweight and can be very bulky. With these materials, what appears to be an immense quantity isn't a substantial amount at all. Typical polystyrene foam packaging and insulation is usually in the density range of 1 to 2 pounds 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 products, several cubic feet of polystyrene or polyethylene packaging foam may be required to equal a pound of foam.
As with most material recycling, expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam recycling can also prove to be quite valuable. The value comes in through the reduction of costs that are associated with the waste removal process. Many companies are looking to gain an edge with their waste expenditures. These companies know that by minimizing waste expenses, they can directly improve profitability.
Expandable polystyrene (EPS) and other industrial Styrofoam are 98% air which makes them very bulky in comparison to their weight. Because of the high volume, products made with these materials fill dumpsters quickly, leading to much higher waste disposal costs.
In 2016, more than 118 million pounds of expanded Polystyrene or, EPS, was recycled in the United States alone. More than half of what was recycled was post-consumer packaging while the rest was from post-industrial recovery.
Recycling expandable polystyrene foam (EPS) has become a growing concern because of the environmental issues associated with it and the negligent resource management of it. EPS products have a very marketable stance in today’s economy. Because the products are so widespread, their presence helps exemplify the sustainability of expanded polystyrene. Utilizing expanded polystyrene as a recyclable commodity and promoting its value can help improve recycling rates tremendously. These things can also make consumers more aware of recycled EPS uses and sustainability.
Densifier...compactor…if you work in an industry that generates a great deal of EPS foam scrap, you’ve probably heard both terms being thrown around quite often. One thing you probably do know is that these machines can condense scrap EPS packaging blocks and boxes at an optimal volume reduction ratio.
Sustainable home construction has put a new emphasis on expanded polystyrene or EPS insulated homes. The demand for more energy-efficient, sustainable homes has led to greater construction innovations, including improved insulation techniques using expandable polystyrene. Insulated concrete forms, or ICFs, and structural insulated panels have become the 21st century’s answer to traditional building methods. New building materials have improved insulation, provided a model for less waste and promoted sustainability in the building industry.
You know what styrofoam is, right? It’s the squeaky, bright white material that’s used to make insulated coffee cups, packing peanuts, toys and those coolers you grab at the last minute when you’re headed to the park or the beach. That’s all styrofoam — or so you thought.