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Recycled Eps: Some Products That Exemplify Sustainability

Posted by Chad Plotts

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‚Äôs 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.  

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Topics: recycle eps, compactor, sustainablity, styrofoam recycling equipment, expandable polystyrene

Labor And Energy Efficiency In Foam Recycling

Posted by Chad Plotts

Recycling foam as with all material recycling has a value. The value is in respect to the amount of costs that are applied in processing the materials. Many companies are looking to gain an edge with their waste expenditures. Minimizing waste expenses directly affects profitability. Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is a lightweight, large volume material that fills dumpsters quickly. Frequent waste removal costs businesses thousands in unnecessary waste expenditures. Expanded polystyrene is usually less than five percent plastic, the rest of the product is air introduced into the bead in the expansion stage of molding the foam product. What this means is that for the amount of space EPS products consume there is little mass or weight. Removing the material from the waste stream and utilizing compacting technology can save large sums of expenses.

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Topics: compactor, EPS, recycling, eps recycling, Economy, sustainablity

Recycling Polyethylene and Polypropylene Foam Products

Posted by Chad Plotts

The demand for sustainability of all materials whether expanded foam plastics or any other materials are becoming the way of life.  When recycling foam materials such as expanded polyethylene and polypropylene, economic transportation becomes one of the major issues pertaining to the ability for a successful recycling program of these materials. 

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Topics: compactor, densifier, recycling, recycling plastics, screw compactor, Recycling codes, types of plastic, recycling symbols, recycling polyethylene foam, recycling polypropylene foam, polyethylene foam

2010 EPS Recycling Report

Posted by Phil Plotts

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

How much scrap foam do I have?

Posted by Phil Plotts

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)

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

Styrofoam Recycling

Posted by Jeff Knapp

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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Topics: styrofoam, compactor, styrofoam recycling, recycling plastic, eps foam, EPS compactor, screw compactor, recyclers