Smart Phones Make Recycling Easier
Recycling is much easier with the help of smart phones. You can locate the nearest recycle centers or drop-off sites with the help of free apps or Google map. A smart phone can also help classify your waste which you don’t know how to deal with and make sure you are informed of the updated information.
If you have tonnes of used EPS each week and are compacting it before sending it to landfill — you could be recycling it instead. There are several recyclers who take compacted EPS; some like WES in Redcar and the Wales Environment Trust in Newport reprocess EPS into a clean pellet that can be used in applications like coat hangers, picture frames and replacement hardwood. Others, most notably Enviro in Grimsby who will take used fish boxes, export the compacted EPS to the Far East where it is recycled and used in new products like disposable cameras and video cases.
If you have tonnes of un-compacted, used EPS each week, some recyclers will install a compacter on your site and then take the compacted material for recycling. In all cases, the recycler will collect the compacted material if you have a large enough amount to make the journey economically viable and in some cases they will pay for the compacted EPS.
Harden can offer complete solution to EPS recycling.
1. Trays of expanded polystyrene are
compacted for shipment.
2. The compaction of expanded polystyrene allows for a reduction by 30-50 times the number of shipments needed to move the material.
3. The compacted blocks of expanded polystyrene are shredded into flakes in preparation for introduction into the pelletizing extruder.
4. The shredded flakes of expanded polystyrene are converted back into the polystyrene pellet.
5. The polystyrene pellets are mixed with additives and color in the compounding pelletizer line and re-pelletized prior to introduction into the profile lines for profile production.
It’s all about reducing the volumes of waste that go to landfill. But it’s also about being more efficient, about planning, about reducing the cost of materials and the cost of transport. It’s about improving the compatibility of packaging materials to ensure a cleaner waste stream – one of the secrets to successful recycling.
EPS Recycling System
Packaging companies to consider the raw materials and the packaging they make or use at all stages of the process, from:
Design – what is the effect of the packaging on the environment?
Production – can the amount of material used in packaging be
reduced while still ensuring safety and hygiene?
Distribution – how can we reduce the amount of material used and
energy consumed in distributing the product while maintaining
Disposal – how can we design our packaging for safe and easy
disposal by the product consumers (whether disposal be by re-use,
recycling, or recovery)?