WHAT IS EPS?
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is an excellent packaging material which made of 98% air. EPS is widely used in product packaging and construction because it is lightweight, strong and has good insulating properties. It can reduce the cost of transporting goods to consumers, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with goods transport.
What’s the big problem with recycling of expanded polystyrene?
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is an excellent packaging material due to its insulating and protective properties especially for expensive electronic items. However, hundreds of thousands of tons of waste expanded polystyrene is sent to landfill every year. Large, bulky pieces of expanded polystyrene can take up significant space in a waste skip so that many companies and householders need to pay more waste-removal costs. Expanded polystyrene is very lightweight compared to its volume means that transport cost is unfavorable. Many businesses are faced with the growing problem of finding alternative methods of disposing of large volumes of waste EPS packaging.
Five Savings of EPS recycling
1. SPACE in kerbside bins. This leaves more room for waste that can’t be recycled.
2. Money. Recycling polystyrene can mean a reduction the frequency and cost of garbage disposal for businesses.
3. Resources. Recycled polystyrene can be manufactured into a wide range of products, reducing the demand for virgin products. Plus it is more energy efficient to make products from recycled materials.
4. Landfill Space. Sending less EPS to landfill means landfills will last longer, reducing the demand for new landfill space.
5. Environment. EPS recycling should reduce the amount of EPS litter which ends up featuring in the landscape and our waterways.