It blows down the road every windy day. North America is littered with it! Expanded Polystyrene – Styrofoam. What can we do about it? Recycle it! Styrofoam (EPS) is 100% recyclable.
Recycled EPS (expanded polystyrene) has a worldwide market of over 100,000 tonnes a year. In Ontario, 21,000 tonnes of EPS goes into landfill at a cost of over $2,000 a tonne. Recycled EPS sells for between $400 and $440 a tonne. It costs between $160 and $200 a tonne to recycle EPS.
EPS is 2% polystyrene and 98% air. Densification (compacting EPS) is done to cut shipping costs. EPS is compacted using either a crush and compact method or a heat and press method. Most of the companies using recycled EPS want cold densified EPS.
Recycled EPS is used in packaging, molding, baseboards, insulation, picture frames, plant trays, coolers, coat hangers, DVD cases, and more.
To learn more about recycling EPS go to http://www.plastics.ca/Recycling/Polystyrene/index.php