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Recycled EPS: Some Products That Exemplify Sustainability

Posted by Chad Plotts

Recycling expandable polystyrene foam (EPS) is a growing concern with environmental issues and negligent resource management.  The products using recycled polystyrene are vast and have a very marketable stance in today’s economy.  These products exemplify the sustainability of polystyrene.  Today’s economy demands sustainability in market goods, and a reduction in waste.   Utilizing expanded polystyrene as a recyclable commodity, and awareness of the value of the expanded polystyrene material will improve recycling rates tremendously, while adding to beneficial outputs for consumers to have the ability to be conscious of the environment and our resources. 

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

Sustainable Building Practices With Polystyrene Foam

Posted by Chad Plotts

Sustainable home construction has put a new emphasis on expandable polystyrene insulated homes.  The demand for a more efficient, energy saving, sustainable home has led to great innovations with improved insulation techniques using expandable polystyrene.  Insulated concrete forms and structural insulated panels have become the 21st century’s answer to traditional building methods. The performance of new building techniques improves insulation, provides a model for less waste, and improves on the practice of 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