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Styrofoam Recycling Events Hosted During Holidays in Kirkland

Styrofoam Recycling
Styrofoam, also known as EPS (Expanded Polystyrene), is often used as packaging material. In particular, during holidays people give each other gifts and this may bring the problem of Styrofoam recycling. Kirkland decided to host Styrofoam recycling events named “StyoFest” to help solve this problem. During the specific weekends from Nov. 22 this year to Feb. 28, 2014 residents can take their Styrofoam waste to the city Public Works Maintenance Center at 915 Eighth Street. They will accept clean white dry plastic foam (including clean cups and containers) from Friday 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday. However, packaging peanuts will not be accepted during the recycling events. The scheduled dates are as follows:

• Friday, Nov. 22 to Monday, Nov. 25

• Thursday, Dec. 26 to Monday, Dec. 30

• Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 to Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

• Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 to Monday, March 3, 2014

• An extended recycling event will be held after the Christmas holiday.

The recycled Styrofoam waste will be sent to a foam recycling company. The company has a thermal compactor which reduces the size of Styrofoam by crushing, heating process. What’s more, the Styrofoam recycling events are free.

EPS Is Playing An Important Role In Sustainability

When evaluating the environmental aspects of a packaging material or system, it is necessary to take into account the package performance, environmental impact during its lifecycle and end-of-life options.The transport packaging of expanded polystyrene (EPS)  is smart, safe and sustainable. With EPS cushioning you can achieve less weight and lower damage rates which translate into positive sustainability factors across the board. EPS can be same-recycled into a product of equal value or up-cycled into a product of higher value. And, EPS is often less energy intensive than the other alternative choices.

Based on the Sustainable Packaging Coalition definitions for sustainable packaging, EPS demonstrates favorable environmental performance in many aspects, making it a worthy consideration for product shipments that require superior protection.

Safe & Healthy Throughout Its Life Cycle
• Made of 98% air, EPS is an inert material without harmful chemicals.
• EPS is widely recognized as it is a safe choice for use in food contact packaging by government regulatory agencies
throughout the world.

Meets Performance & Cost Market Criteria
• EPS offers significant savings in design and development, product assembly and distribution costs for its versatility.
• With customized packaging designs EPS delivers exactly the right amount of product protection. Its high tensile
strength and cellular structure give this lightweight product exceptional cushioning properties.

Maximizes Renewable or Recycled Source Materials
• Recycled EPS is used in both closed-loop and open-loop processes to make a variety of applications from recycled-content foam packaging which use in  durable goods and innovative new building products.
• In 2006 more than 52% of all EPS collected for recycling was used to make recycled-content packaging.

Uses Clean Production Technologies & Best Practices
• Innovations in manufacturing technologies ensure EPS production minimizes energy consumption with mold cavities that cool quickly and manufacturing processes that recycle water and recapture air emissions.
• Most of the EPS manufacturers are ISO certified.

Physically Designed to Optimize Energy & Materials
• EPS feedstock is converted into a finished product 32 times its original volume—virtually turning air into a strong
and efficient packaging material.
• If all EPS packaging were replaced with corrugated cardboard, paper, wood, molded fiber etc., compared with current figures raw material requirements would rise to 560%, power consumption to 215% and the landfill volume to 150%.

How Chinese Transport EPS Scrap

China has probably the highest EPS (Styrofoam) recycling rate in the world. More than 92% of waste EPS are collected and transported to recyclers to make PS pellets. Thanks to the low cost less skilled labour force and redundant labour from countryside, all kinds of scraps that can be sold for money are collected and pre-sorted manually before the trash are send to incineration or landfill.

Here are some photos from various sources, showing how Chinese to send the very light scrap EPS to recyclers, no densification is needed before transportation, because a densifier cost more than ten units of tricycles.

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