Waste to Waves is an new program that recycles waste polystyrene foam into new surfboards.
Have you bought a new TV, computer or hi-fi? Turn your trash into slash by recycling your waste packaging foam – also known as styrofoam – into new products like recycled surfboard blanks.
Waste to Waves invites everyone to help create greener surfboard materials that help reduce negative impacts from surfboard production and diverting this foam/plastic trash away from the waste stream, and from our oceans, waves and beaches.
The program operates in selected surf shops in both Southern and Northern California. Waste to Waves accepts clean, white, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam. This is exactly the same foam used inside EPS/epoxy surfboards.
The EPS foam is collected, recycled, and reprocessed into material which can then be used to make recycled EPS blanks. You’re creating the demand for more sustainable surfboards.
Shaping is not always as smooth as virgin EPS, but any skilled shaper with sharp tools will have no problem doing the job. 70% of the impact from EPS foam comes from the raw materials themselves, so using a recycled material is the best way to reduce impact.
By Kate Tilley
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — An Australian expanded polystyrene recycler can double exports to China and South Korea if its owner can convince more retailers to hand over EPS waste.
Polystyrene Recycling Queensland, a unit of Brisbane-based Global Interests Pty. Ltd., operates five granulators at electrical goods
retail outlets in Queensland and northern New South Wales, which shrink waste EPS volume by 66 percent. The granules are transported to PRQ’s compacting plant, nine miles south of Brisbane’s central business district, where they are compacted into recyclable EPS logs and shipped to Asia.
Leo Sines, PRQ owner and managing director, said PRQ ships a container of EPS logs weighing up to 17 tons each week to Chinese and Korean manufacturers. Those manufacturers process it into various products, including photo frame molds, coat hangers, synthetic timbers, and spoons and cutlery. Read more
PS 6 Styrofoam, also known as Polystyrene, commonly takes the form of packing material, arriving in parcels to households across the globe. Unlike paper packing, Polystyrene cannot be thrown away and expected to break down quickly in the earth’s soil. The eco-friendly option is to recycle the Polystyrene.
Check the foam for a triangle symbol with a 6 stamped in its middle to identify that the product is Polystyrene. The triangle represents the recycling logo, and the number 6 identifies the product as Polystyrene.
Go to Earth911.com. This is a website that specializes in finding recycling centers for specific products in any given area of the USA. The website is dedicated to the topic of recycling and provides much information on the easiest way to recycle particular products.
Enter “Polystyrene” into the “Find Recycling Centers For…” box at Earth911.com. To the right of that box, enter your location in the “Near…” box. Click the “Search” button to see a list of all the recycling centers near you that accept Polystyrene.
Drive, bike or bus the Polystyrene to the recycling center recommended by Earth911. If this is not an option, the Alliance of Foam Packing Recyclers has a mail-back program for residents of the U.S. At epspackaging.org, one can find a link to the nearest mail-back location where the Polystyrene can be sent. There will be a small cost for postage, but most likely a smaller amount than what would be spent on gas driving to the recycling center.