Category Recycle


EPS Compactor Contributes to the EPS Recycling Industry

The improvement of EPS recycling rate is said to be a result of the application of EPS compactors. In Canada, it is reported that the recycling rate of EPS packaging increased from 12% in 2009 to about 31% last year. Meanwhile, the recycling rate of food packaging increased to 32%.
According to the CPIA’s vice president, the main contributor to this improvement was the EPS compactor. By reducing the size of EPS waste, the shipping and collecting cost of EPS was greatly reduced and this opened up new opportunities for the EPS industry. In short, EPS recycling rate increased with the help of EPS compactors.


Equipments used for EPS recycling

It is reported that more than 93 million pounds of EPS was recycled during calendar year 2012 and the number is supposed to increase steadily. The EPS recycling procedure will not work at least not so effective without the help of EPS recycling equipments including EPS shredder, EPS compactor, EPS pelletizing machine etc.
EPS Recycling Equipments
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Approaches to Styrofoam Recycling

How to Recycle Styrofoam

Styrofoam, also known as EPS, is widely used as containers, packagings and thermal insulation material in buildings. It is hard to break down and takes up too much room in landfill plants, therefore, the recycling of styrofoam is recommended. The following pictures are the recycling steps.

1. Identify products made from Styrofoam by looking for the number 6 inside a recycling triangle
Identify EPS Products
2. Keep polystyrene products to reuse. Some of the most common uses for reusing Styrofoam are:

  • Craft projects.
  • Floaters for fishing.
  • Drainage in potted plants.
  • Creating sets for theatrical productions.
  • Model train communities.
  • Stuffing bean bags or bean bag chairs.
  • Packaging for shipping.
  • Reuse Styrofoam Products
    3. Check with local shipping businesses to see if they can reuse Styrofoam shipping materials such as peanuts in their shipping.
    Check Local Shipping Business
    4. Contact your local recycling program to see if anyone knows of Styrofoam recycling programs or drop off sites in your community.
    Contact Local Recycling Program
    5. Recycle polystyrene in many grocery stores
    Publix Grocery Stores
    6. Search for Styrofoam recycling programs
    Enter “polystyrene” and your zip code at for a list of companies that you can take it to.
    Blue Earth Solutions is one Styrofoam recycling business.
    Earth 911
    7. Mail polystyrene to the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers.
    Mail to AFPR
    8. Start a Styrofoam recycling program if your business deals with a large quantity of polystyrene. Walmart is one example of a company with an EPS recycling program, using polystyrene to make picture frames.
    Start a Recycling Program
    EPS recycling can be used to make new packaging materials.
    Find an EPS recycler through the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recycling
    If you locate a Styrofoam recycling program, but don’t process much, consider setting up bins to collect polystyrene.


    Styrofoam Containers at the Crossroad

    Styrofoam ContainerStyrofoam containers seem to be facing the ultimate question “To be or not to be?”. What is interesting is that different countries are making absolute different decisions. US cities like Seattle and New York banned these Styrofoam take-out containers despite the disapproval of some restaurants managers who consider it as a rise in cost. In the contrary, China lifted the ban on foam trays from May 1st this year and this also faced lots of resistance with the concern that it may be a pollution to the environment and a threat to human health.
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    A Guide to EPS Recycling

    Start a EPS Recycling Program

    EPS (Expanded Polystyrene, also known as Styrofoam) can and needs to be recycled. Starting an EPS recycling program? We offer a simple guide for you!

    EPS need to be recycled

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    New Method for EPS Recovery

    Inject New Life to Recycled EPS——EPS Recovery


    The first step of the process is recycle. It should be noted that only clean EPS can be processed by now, it means that dust, labels etc must be sweepped away previously. After that EPS is compacted to reduce volume and cut the cost during transportation.


    In the treatment facilities, EPS is melt and then go through a filter to remove contamination. It is then compacted again and face cut before leaving the extruder


    With this new method, it is not feasible to impregnating the beads with pentane. The alternative method is to leave the beads exposed to high pressure petane gas until the gas is absorbed.

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