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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’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.  

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

Sustainable Building Practices with Expanded Polystyrene

Posted by Chad Plotts

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.

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Topics: styrofoam, sustainablity, expandable polystyrene, block molding, sips, icf, geo foam, construction, insulated concrete form, structural insulated panels

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