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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

What Is Styrofoam?

Posted by Phil Plotts

Many of us use the term Styrofoam as a reference to most plastic foam packaging.  We include foam drinking cups, packaging peanuts and the white material that our appliances, toys and so many other items are packaged in.  In fact, most of this is not Styrofoam.  Styrofoam is a registered trademark of Dow Chemical for an extruded polystyrene foam material sometimes referred to as XPS.  This material is always made in a sheet form and is generally the color blue.  The primary use for Styrofoam is for building insulation although you may find it used in Geofoam applications or in block form in the hobby store.  As Dow states on their website, " You can't drink coffee from a STYROFOAM cup. (There's no such thing.)"
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Topics: styrofoam, recycle styrofoam, recycle eps, recycle foam