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How We Recycle Polystyrene in the U.S.: A Look at the Most Recent Numbers

Posted by Phil Plotts

HOW WE RECYCLE POLYSTYRENE IN THE U.S.: A LOOK AT THE MOST RECENT NUMBERS

Posted by: Phil Plotts

About nine years ago, we took a look at The Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers' (AFPR) 2010 U.S. EPS Recycling Report and shared a few key insights on our blog. Back then, we saw a considerable increase in EPS recycling despite the fact that less EPS was sold during this timeframe. In 2010, about 40 million pounds of EPS was recycled by consumers in the U.S. This was a significant increase from the two million pounds that was recycled in 1990 and 25 million pounds recycled in 2000. This increase is believed to go hand-in-hand with the development of more innovative and sustainable programs for EPS recycling.

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

Why Recycling Expanded Polyethylene and Expanded Polypropylene is Good for Sustainability and Profitability

Posted by Chad Plotts

WHY RECYCLING EXPANDED POLYETHYLENE AND EXPANDED POLYPROPYLENE IS GOOD FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND PROFITABILITY

Posted by: Chad Plotts

The demand for sustainable materials, including expanded foam plastics, is pretty evident these days. When recycling foam materials like expanded polyethylene and polypropylene, economical transportation is often a major issue that can make or break a recycling program.

 

Expanded polyethylene (EPE) and expanded polypropylene (EPP) have become sources for a variety of packaging and energy absorption needs. In most cases, these materials are fully recyclable and even more valuable as recycled 

commodities. The values for recycled polyethylene and polypropylene recycling codes continue to climb as more and more avenues for these recycled materials are becoming apparent.  Environmental debates over plastic materials have driven up the demand to divert these foam materials from landfills. Yet all too often, these fine materials that are in high demand in the marketplace are sent to landfills as waste.

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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

How Much Scrap Foam Do I Have?

Posted by Phil Plotts

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

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