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.
What did they do?
Compress and reuse waste
• Pillows and some parts of the lounges are now made from fabrics and foam left over from other parts of the manufacturing process.
• A foam compactor have been installed to reduce the volume of waste needing to be stored and transported for recycling or disposal.
• Plastic, cardboard and timber packaging is reused or recycled.
• Foam is purchased cut to size, reducing the volume of offcuts.
• Timber frames have been redesigned so that the raw material is used more efficiently.
Why did they do it?
Waste was the starting point. The cost of waste disposal was significant enough to prompt the company to rethink manufacturing processes.
What are the outcomes?
Material costs have reduced because the new product designs use raw materials more efficiently.
Overall the volume of waste sent to landfill has reduced by 50%, and the cost of waste disposal has been cut by 70% due to changes in waste handling charges.
What were the costs and savings?
The foam compactor cost $6,000 to install. Combined with more efficient product design, the company is saving $180,000 per year. Overall, the payback period was less than six months.