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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

Recycled polystyrene, polyethylene, & polypropylene foam prices climb

Posted by Phil Plotts

Prices for virgin polystyrene, polyethylene and polypropylene resins in North American continue to increase.  Prices have increased as much as 20% or more since the beginning of 2010.  There has also been an increase in products made with recycled PE and PP content. These factors are helping to push up the prices for recycled PP and PE foam logs to very attractive levels.  At the recent Plastic Recycling Conference in Austin, TX, we received as many requests from buyers looking for material sources as we did for recycling machinery.  It is a good time to take a new look at your EPS, PE and PP foam wastes.  The return on investment for a foam compactor may be significantly better than a year ago.  We would be happy to assist you in your analysis and put you in touch with material buyers for updated material bids.
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Topics: styrofoam, styrofoam recycling equipment, Recycling polystyrene foam, recycling polyethylene foam, recycling polypropylene foam