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Recycling in Germany vs the USA | Foam Equipment & Consulting Co

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Topics: recycling, recycling plastics

How Much Scrap Foam Do I Have?

Posted by Phil Plotts

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.

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Topics: styrofoam, compactor, densifier, styrofoam recycling, expandable polystyrene, polyethylene foam, scrap foam

EPS Compactors vs EPS Densifiers: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Phil Plotts

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.

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Topics: densifier, EPS compactor, styrofoam compactor, sytrofoam densifier

Exactly What Is Styrofoam? | Foam Equipment & Consulting Co

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What Is Styrofoam?

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.

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Topics: styrofoam, recycle styrofoam, recycle eps, recycle foam

EPS and Styrofoam is recyclable

Posted by Phil Plotts

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. 

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Topics: recycle styrofoam, styrofoam recycling, EPS compactor, eps recycling

2010 EPS Recycling Report

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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.

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Topics: styrofoam, compactor, densifier, styrofoam recycling, EPS, recycling

Recycled polystyrene, polyethylene, & polypropylene foam prices climb

Posted by Phil Plotts

Prices 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.
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Topics: styrofoam, styrofoam recycling equipment, Recycling polystyrene foam, recycling polyethylene foam, recycling polypropylene foam

Plastics Recycling Conference 2010

Posted by Phil Plotts

I want to let everyone know that we are exhibiting again this year at the Plastics Recycling Conference 2010 which will be held in Austin TX.  The conference will take place on March 2nd and 3rd.  The conference will include a tradeshow.  We will have booth #304 and would love to have you stop in.  The conference sponsors expect a great turnout again this year.  There were a record number of exhibitors this year and all spaces have sold out.  This primary focus of this conference is recycling, not solid waste management.  This is one of the best conferences in North America to meet people interested in recycling plastics of all types.  

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Topics: recycling plastic, eps recycling, styrofoam recycling equipment