Posted by: Chad Plotts

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.

EPS is a lightweight, large volume material that fills dumpsters quickly. For businesses that use a great deal of it, frequent removal of EPS can mean thousands of dollars in unnecessary waste expenditures. EPS is usually less than five percent plastic. The rest is air introduced into its bead form during the expansion stage. What this means is that for the amount of space EPS products consume, there is little mass or weight involved. Removing the material from the waste stream and utilizing EPS compactor technology can spare a large amount of waste removal costs.


EPS Foam Recycling Can Minimize Labor and Streamline Expenses

In order for a company to benefit from this endeavor, two expenses need to be drastically minimized to truly provide value in a recycling program. Labor costs and energy usage are potentially the two main expenses in EPS recycling programs or any recycling program for that matter. The initial cost of equipment tends to be a small percentage of foam recycling programs. Acquiring equipment that is low in energy consumption while not affecting performance, and utilizing appropriately sized equipment to minimize labor can help streamline the annual expenses related to waste removal. When labor and energy costs are reduced, most tasks become more cost-effective.

It's essential to minimize labor costs because they affect the bottom-line quite tremendously. Utilizing EPS machinery and compactors that reduce operational hours can provide quite a savings. If you provide part-time jobs instead of full-time employment, think of the amount of savings from benefits packages and other expenses that incur from hiring additional laborers. If your operation runs equipment ten hours a week instead of forty, think about how much you'll save annually. It  might mean that employees use larger equipment like EPS foam compactors a few hours a week instead of you hiring additional workers. Any way we look at it, the initial equipment expense will help trim down the need for extra operation time and workforce hours.

Energy-Saving Bulb courtesy of Haron Varlan

Efficient energy consumption is a must for EPS recycling equipment. High energy costs can significantly reduce any profits that result from EPS foam recycling.  While there are many EPS compacting systems on the market today that claim to offer quality processing, one thing to consider is the system's energy output. Energy consumption is a significant contributor to operational expenses; far outweighing initial equipment costs. If expenses are too high, they can derail a recycling operation.



Make Sure Your Foam Recycling Operation is Profitable with an EPS Compactor from Foam Equipment & Consulting Co.

At Foam Equipment & Consulting Co., our goal is to always provide our clients with EPS foam recycling equipment that helps reduce waste materials quickly, cost-effectively and safely. If you want to start a recycling program, but aren't sure which EPS machinery solutions are right for your company, we can help. Contact us today and let us know what you need. We'd be more than happy to assist you.